Cindy is a second year predoctoral student and Hillman Scholar. Her research interests revolve around understanding why people die where they die and how place and displacement impact the quality of the dying process. With the help of her mentors, Mary Ersek and Julie Sochalski, she will examine a specific case of this issue through my dissertation: what is the impact of rurality on place of death and quality of care at the end of life for Veterans dying in inpatient VA facilities? 

Cindy also is interested in learning and applying different statistical methods, including observational study design, spatial analysis, and statistical learning, and examining how quality and performance are measured in end-of-life care. Prior to coming to Penn, she completed a bachelor’s degree in mathematics at the University of California, Berkeley, served as Peace Corps Volunteer teaching math and physics in Tanzania, and has worked in educational publishing.