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I am a research scientist at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health in the Department of Epidemiology. I have earned masters degrees from The City College of New York and Columbia University School for International and Political Affairs and Mailman School of Public Health. Over the past 13 years I have dedicated my professional and academic career to designing and conducting primary and secondary observational health research in Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America. I am particularly interested in social factors in complex emergencies and disasters and how they relate to psychosocial and mental health outcomes. Specifically, I am focusing on evaluating and improving data collection methods among vulnerable populations, especially as they relates to psychometric evaluation. I am currently completing my doctoral dissertation on measurement issues related to the post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) construct in post-earthquake Haiti. With respect to my pedagogic influences, I am dedicated to teaching and employing participatory, creative and new pedagogic methods in the classroom.

As a pair, we found the observation process quite helpful. The planning stage was the longest but also the most constructive, as we sat down over multiple meetings and thought through what my partner was going to do and how we would measure it. We found it difficult to design an observation plan for a single class session; and it was also a challenge to disaggregate factors that reflected my partner's performance from broader factors such as the faculty instructor’s lesson planning abilities and clarity of her instructions, as well as the profound variance between students’ abilities in the classroom. Ultimately, though, we both come out of this process feeling better prepared to teach and excited to apply what we have learned next semester.

Observation Plans:
Max Shmookler's observation by Sabrina Hermosilla

Sabrina Hermosilla's observation by Eric Herschthal