Blen provides support in research, analysis, project management and technical activities at the Evidence Lab, primarily on the Evaluating Saving Lives at Birth (SL@B) project. As a student in DGHI's Master of Science in Global Health program (she's a 2018 graduate), she worked with Dr. Rae Jean Proeschold-Bell supporting a multi-national study on positive mental health of caregivers in Ethiopia, Kenya, Cambodia and India. She also completed related summer fieldwork in Ethiopia and interned at FHI 360, facilitating evaluation research on family planning in both Senegal and Burkina Faso. Prior to starting her graduate studies, Blen coordinated breast cancer trials at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. She earned her bachelor's degree at Mount Holyoke College, where she majored in biology and French and completed a certificate in culture, health and science. During that time, she studied abroad in France and also conducted a research study on women's access to land in Thiès, Senegal. She has intermediate level proficiency in French and limited proficiency in Wolof. She also speaks Amharic, her native language from Ethiopia.
To start a conversation with me, ask me about Duke Basketball.
Something interesting most people don't know about me: I have attended all-women's academic institutions starting from first grade until I finished my undergraduate studies.
Why I'm interested in global health: Because it combines my passion for research and helping others.