Laura is an investigator with the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) Palliative Care project, providing practical data analytic solutions to assess the cost impact of palliative care on Medicare costs, and to develop new payment models for Palliative Care that could be used by the Medicare program in the future. The CMMI project exemplifies her substantive interests in questions associated with information and communications at the intersection of health, science, and society, including how socio-technical and cultural contexts, perspective, and diversity affect practices and judgments in science and other collective knowledge systems. As an extension of her interest in network approaches and the centrality of visualization in network studies, she is also interested in how we do and can use visual representations to communicate complex scientific and technical information; and how we can communicate about such information with different audiences.
Data analytics, data visualization, information and communications, data science, network analysis
Postdoctoral Associate, Duke Network Analysis Center, Social Science Research Institute, Duke University, Durham, NC, 2015-2017.
PhD, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC. May 2014.
MLIS, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI. Dec 2002.
BS, Auburn University, Auburn, AL. Aug 1995.