Building on her Penn MPH capstone research focusing on the evolution of the informed consent document, Sydney, a Hillman Scholar,  works with her mentors on the issues surrounding decision-making among families and caregivers.  She is assisted in all things by her constant companion, “Henley,” the Labrador retriever.

Sydney comes from a distinguished military family.  Parts of her childhood were spent variously in Alaska, Hawaii, DC, and Florida.  She completed her undergraduate degree in 2010 at Syracuse University, where she was recruited by the women’s rowing team with a full scholarship. There she majored in Political Science and Biology. She also interned at the Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics at Yale University.  Her research entailed post-trial access and fair benefits for low resource communities and an investigation of decisional capacity in people with schizophrenia. Sydney was drawn to Philadelphia both to continue rowing at an elite level and to obtain a master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Pennsylvania.  

As a denizen of Boathouse Row, Sydney won a number of notable races including the Head of the Charles, Head of the Schuylkill, Canadian Henley Regatta, United States Rowing Nationals, and the Independence Day Regatta. She was also a runner-up at the Women’s Henley Regatta and a quarter-finalist at the Royal Henley Regatta, both in Henley-on-Thames, United Kingdom.

Her current research focuses on opioid prescribing in adolescents and her greater research interests span public health and ethics.