Those Nerdy Girls

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.

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

Colorado Plateau Family and Community Medicine Residency at North Country HealthCare

Flagstaff, 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

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, PhD CRNP MPH, Founding Member, Contributing Writer

Emory University School of Nursing - Carter Center Global Mental Health Program

Philadelphia, PA

Sandy Laping, Operations Associate

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine


Megan Madsen, DO, Contributing Writer

Penn Medicine

Philadelphia, PA

Elisabeth Adkins Marnik, PhD, Contributing Writer

MDI Biological Laboratory

Ellsworth, ME

Brianna Morgan, PhD, CRNP, ACHPN®, Contributing Writer

NYU Grossman School of Medicine

Philadelphia, PA

Megan Reilly, Intern

University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Madison, WI

Ashley Ritter, APRN, PhD, Founding Member, Contributing Writer

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

Amanda Simanek, PhD MPH, Founding Member, Contributing Writer

Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science

North Chicago, IL

Jennifer Wheeler, MPH, PhD, Las Nerdy Girls Contributor

Population Services International

Atlanta, GA

Christina Whitehouse
Christina R. Whitehouse, PhD, AGPCNP-BC, CDCES, FADCES, Contributing Writer

Villanova University Fitzpatrick College of Nursing

Media, PA