“Anthropogenic environmental changes have resulted in altered landscapes that catalyze the emergence and spread of infectious diseases. At EcoHealth Alliance, I am part of a diverse team that tackles these problems by working at the intersection of human, animal, and ecosystem health. It is the integration of perspectives and ideas at this nexus that allows us to perform meaningful work to promote health and conservation.”
Shirley Chen works with EcoHealth Alliance’s Analytics & Modeling team. A trained epidemiologist, she uses epidemiological, ecological, and spatial methods to identify areas which may be at high risk for disease spillover. Using that information, Shirley strategizes how EcoHealth Alliance may best target its behavioral risk interventions.
Before joining EcoHealth Alliance, Shirley worked with several global health groups, including the Canadian Community of Practice for Ecosystem Health where she assisted in developing curricula. She has also conducted research on environmental exposures to and impacts of heavy metals in newcomer women. She has a Bachelor of Science and a Masters in Public Health from the University of Toronto.