I’ve always been a person who’s dared to make a difference… and one of my favorite ways is through writing!

Deanna, a brown-haired girl in a red peacoat, sits on a park bench reading Frankenstein.

I double-majored in Creative Writing and Human Health at Emory University, where I explored the medical humanities through coursework, a literacy group that I founded, and study-abroad opportunities across four continents. To learn more about how to craft content that spurs behavior change, I started Emory’s graduate MPH program in Behavioral Sciences, Health, and Health Education Sciences. Now, I write about a variety of health topics, with special passions for climate, infectious disease, equity, and disability. I publish books, articles, grants, stories, and podcasts for diverse audiences.

Some other things about me:

  • I’ve hiked up (and fallen down) an active volcano.
  • I used to work at a camp for kids with autism.
  • I enjoy acting, and usually play the comic relief character.
  • I spend most of my time reading fantasy novels, drinking herbal teas, and talking to cats.