About our research
Our laboratory is part of Stanford’s Prevention Research Center—a division of the Department of Medicine that focuses on community-based disease prevention through field-based randomized controlled trials, collaborative implementation of disease prevention programs in the community, and analysis of existing prevention initiatives. As part of this group, our laboratory works to develop and apply mathematical models to understand how to improve public health policies in both the United States and abroad. Our work emphasizes both substantive and methodological research questions. Substantively, we use mathematical models and statistical methods to address major questions about the theory of 'resilience'--or why certain individuals, households, communities, and whole societies have developed the capacity to withstand major 'shocks', such as transformations to the food system, economic volatility, and emerging or persistent disease. Methodologically, we construct and validate new analytical approaches and novel large-scale data sources to incorporate complex demographic, economic and social data into mathematical models of disease processes and health systems to improve public health policy responses to epidemiological challenges, particularly health disparities.