Adjunct Professorial Lecturer
School of International Service
Ph.D. (Indiana University, Folklore/Ethnomusicology 1992) MPH. (Tulane School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine 1999) Certificate in Field Epidemiology (UNC 2010) Masters in Music (New England Conservatory of Music 1980) BA (Western Washington University 1978)
Laura has over 14 years of monitoring and evaluation (M&E) experience that includes 7 years as an M&E specialist with USAID and responsibility for Office and Mission reporting. Laura’s expertise includes rigorous impact evaluation studies, quantitative data collection and analysis, mixed-method evaluations, and qualitative research, including: technical oversight of the USAID/Liberia Feed the Future population-based baseline survey; design, analysis, and study report on an epidemiological and KAP study of the Haiti cholera epidemic; responsibility for leading USAID/Nigeria PEPFAR public health evaluation protocol development and internal review process; contributions to the study design and scope of work for a Nigeria Socio-Economic Impact Study of HIV/AIDS; mid-term evaluation team member of a USAID/Liberia Child Survival project; design, supervision, analysis, and reporting on a statistically representative population-base baseline for a Title II PL480 Food Security Program in central Uganda for Save the Children; analysis and reporting on a quantitative crop inventory study in central Uganda; program evaluations of a psychosocial support program for IDPs in Kabul, Afghanistan, a health promotion and education program for IDP Children in Montenegro, and a children in crisis program in Guinea; the design of a mixed-methods impact evaluation study design of a USAID country development strategy; and qualitative socio-cultural, behavioral, ethnomusicological, and anthropological research in West Africa. Laura’s specific technical expertise also includes: sampling and questionnaire design for household surveys and knowledge, attitude/practice and behavioral surveys; qualitative data analysis; M&E training and capacity building; nutritional epidemiology and field epidemiology; and environmental mitigation and compliance monitoring.