ConsultantSUNY-University at Buffalo School of Public Health and Health Professions
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- Asian Studies
- International studies
- Medical Anthropology
Lara J. Iverson completed her Bachelor of Arts degree from Marlboro College in Vermont with honors in international development studies. She earned two Master’s degrees, one in Asian Studies and the other in Medical Anthropology, from the University of London School of Oriental and African Studies. For both Master’s degrees, Iverson produced a thesis that examined the impact that Western medicine and the various discourses related to medical practice have had on people in Vietnam.
Outside of her academic work, Lara Iverson has worked with a number of volunteer and nongovernmental organizations, beginning while still a high school student. In college, she worked for two women’s shelters in the Vermont area as a crisis hotline operator and as part of the relief staff. Also during her time conducting fieldwork in India, she designed a trained birth attendant and First Aid program for women in villages around the city of Lucknow as a project consultant for DEVI Sansthan. While working toward her Master’s degree in Asian Studies from the University of Hawai‘i, Manoa, Lara Iverson worked as a research assistant, developing an educational text for junior high school students on the history of Southeast Asia. During her time in Washington, DC, she worked for a number of different agencies, including the Center for Global Development and the Nuclear Energy Institute. Additionally, she completed a Certificate in Field Epidemiology from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health.
Since 2008, Lara Iverson has been a doctoral student in the Department of Geography at the State University of New York (SUNY)-University at Buffalo and is preparing to complete her PhD dissertation on women and tuberculosis-related stigma in Zambia. Her work combines international development and computational epidemiology to develop quantitative methods for program assessment and policy design. While enrolled at UB, Iverson has been a project research assistant at the SUNY-UB National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis, which is one of three such centers in the country. She also has been active in the development of an initiative to teach Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to public health officials in Western New York as a consultant for the UB School of Public Health and Health Professions.