Lilly Boyer, 1st Year EPI & Alumni Kristina Lai, Rebecca Lewis, and Kristen Allen work together at CHOA

Lilly Boyer, 1st Year EPI & Alumni Kristina Lai, Rebecca Lewis, and Kristen Allen work together at CHOA

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First year EPI student Lilly Boyer works alongside Kristina Lai, Rebecca Lewis, and Kristen Allen, Emory EPI Alumni at CHOA’s Aflac Cancer & Blood Disorder Center.

Lilly Boyer, EPI 2020: “I work with Rebecca on cancer survivorship research studies. I’m currently helping to review children’s oncology group centers who have survivor clinic. I really like working at CHOA because of the community and I can tell the staff really care about the patients we serve. I am very passionate about working in cancer survivorship to improve the quality of life of childhood cancer survivors.

Rebecca has been a great boss! She pays close attention to detail so she’s been incredible helpful in checking over the surveys. I have learned a lot from her about data analysis! (Also, she’s very kind- she made brownies for my birthday.)

I don’t work with Kristina in an official capacity but our desks are closeby. I’ve enjoyed getting to know her and ask her questions about her experiences at Rollins, the field of epidemiology and about her work at CHOA.”

Rebecca Lewis, MPH EPI 2011: “I am a Research Epidemiologist with the survivorship team at the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.  Our research focuses primarily on the late effects of therapy among pediatric cancer survivors. My day to day is filled with the spectrum of research from helping to design studies and write grants to cleaning and analyzing data to preparing manuscripts for publication.

I spend a lot of time cleaning and merging data so my SAS skills have been fundamental.

I truly enjoyed learning the course work — the curriculum focuses on instilling methods that can be used in a variety of fields.”

Kristina Lai, MPH GLEPI 2016: “I am a research epidemiologist for the sickle cell disease team here at CHOA. I mostly work on projects related to health services, but I frequently collaborate with psychologists, infectious disease physicians, and outside partners in public health for any research related to sickle cell disease. I also manage a large clinical database of sickle cell patients that is used by CHOA physicians and partners for clinical trials and outcomes research.

The training I received at Emory has provided me with a fantastic foundation for a career in epidemiology!”

Thanks to the CHOA Team for sharing their #IAmEmoryEPI story with us! If you work with other Emory EPI students and alumni, we’d love for you to share your stories with us! Email us or submit your answers here: https://goo.gl/forms/Te90QHZObD9KykG83.


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