Amanda Speller

Amanda Speller

PhD Candidate in Health Policy (G4, Methods for Policy Research)

Amanda Speller graduated with a bachelor of science in nursing from the University of Louisville where she won the University President’s Outstanding Graduate award for high scholarship, exceptional leadership, and outstanding service. After graduation, she worked at Univ. of Louisville’s Clinical Trials Unit as a registered nurse on a team that conducted a phase 1 trial of a therapeutic vaccine that targets Human papillomavirus (HPV) 16 and 18. Shortly after, she entered a post-bacc program at Harvard University in order prepare herself for doctoral studies. During that two year program, she worked as a research assistant for Dr. Ankur Pandya on a project that uses cost-effectiveness analysis to identify low-value care and another project focusing on the cost-effectiveness of nutrition interventions. Her research interests are food policy, nutrition policy, and issues concerning women's health, and telehealth. For example, she would like to study how industries respond to regulations meant to influence health outcomes such as the recent mandate from the FDA to include 'added sugars' on the Nutrition Facts Panel.

 

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