Emma Shepard

Graduate research assistant

Emma Shepard

Emma is currently pursuing her Master’s in biostatistics at Columbia University, where she is a Huo Family Scholar. Prior to starting school at Columbia, she worked in Washington, DC as a healthcare data and policy analyst. She earned her Bachelor of Science in International Health from Georgetown University in 2013. As an undergraduate, she studied vector borne diseases in Tamil Nadu, India and wrote her thesis on persistent transmission of lymphatic filariasis.

Emma joined the Center for Sustainable Development in October of 2017 as a biostatistics graduate student assistant. She supports the Yuva Nestham Youth Empowerment Program, a research-based initiative aimed at improving the wellbeing of 1,550 school children in rural south India. Emma is working to evaluate the impact of a social and emotional learning curriculum administered under the Yuva Nestham program, using data analysis and data visualization tools in R.