Dr. Dickson joined K&A in 2008 after an academic career in public health research. As Consultant and Director of Research, she manages the Company’s academic writing projects, which include journal articles, book chapters, and whole texts. In addition, she oversees the qualitative components of K&A’s many strategic planning and assessment projects and collaborates with senior consultants and the project teams to ensure high quality in our proposals, reports, and presentations. Dr. Dickson was on the faculty of the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University in New York until 2009 and continues to teach courses on research methods and consult on various research projects in the Department of Narrative Medicine at Columbia’s College of Physicians & Surgeons. Her work has included a number of qualitative studies looking at disparities in health outcomes along socioeconomic and geographic lines, including: the needs of minority women living with HIV/AIDS in American cities; the consequences of urban renewal on inner-city populations; community based recovery from upheaval post 9/11; and community building and empowerment of families struggling with HIV/AIDS and substance abuse. In 2007, Dr. Dickson edited and published her late husband’s memoir, Leukemia for Chickens, which recounts their experiences living with cancer. She is an active member of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and is a director of the Roger Madoff Journalism Scholarship, a collaboration between Duke University and Bloomberg News. Dr. Dickson received her Bachelor of Science from Cornell University in 1995, and her Master’s and doctorate in public health from the Department of Sociomedical Sciences at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia in 1999 and 2002, respectively.