Those Nerdy Girls

Those Nerdy Girls came together in a moment of crisis in March 2020. As the creators of Dear Pandemic, we filled the early information void and translated emerging COVID-19 science first for our family & friends, and then a much larger public audience. Read more about our origin story here.


We are an interdisciplinary all-woman team of researchers and clinicians with expertise in epidemiology, nursing, evidence-based medicine, statistics, mental health, reproductive health, economics, genetics, behavioral science, and more. In addition to our current team, we value the contributions of our Nerdy Girl Alumnae.

Ashley Ritter, APRN, PhD, CEO, Founding Member

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

Jennifer Beam Dowd Ph.D.
Jennifer Beam Dowd, PhD, Editor in Chief, Founding Member

University of Oxford

Oxford, England

Sandra Albrecht Ph.D. MPH
Sandra Albrecht, PhD MPH, Founding Member

Columbia University

New York, NY

Mary Baldridge, PhD, Las Nerdy Girls Contributor

Carson-Newman University

Jefferson City, Tennessee

Pamela Chung, MD, Social Media Squad Co-Lead

Memorial Family Medicine Residency Program

Houston, TX

Sarah Whitley Coles, MD, Founding Member

University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix

Phoenix, AZ

Tita Smyth Escobedo PM-IT
Tita Smyth Escobedo, PM-IT

Philadelphia, PA

Lauren Hale Ph.D. MA
Lauren Hale, PhD MA, Founding Member

Stony Brook University

Stony Brook, NY

Alexandra Hall, MD, Contributing Writer

University of Wisconsin - Stout

Menomonie, WI

Andrea Harmony, NP-C, PMHS, Contributing Writer

Philadelphia Dept. of Health

Philadelphia, PA

MacKenzie (Kenzie) Isaac, MA, Contributing Writer

University of Oxford

Oxford, England

Malia Jones, PhD MPH, Co-founder & Director of Research

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Madison, WI

Aparna Kumar, Ph.D. CRNP MPH
Aparna Kumar, PhD CRNP MPH, Founding Member

Thomas Jefferson University

Philadelphia, PA

Megan Madsen, DO

Penn Medicine

Philadelphia, PA

Amanda Simanek, PhD MPH, Founding Member

Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science

North Chicago, IL

Jennifer Wheeler, MPH, PhD, Las Nerdy Girls Contributor

Population Services International

Atlanta, GA