Brian is the implementation research senior technical specialist for Youth Excel. In this role, Brian leads initiatives to strengthen evaluation and research capacities of youth-led and youth-serving organizations.
With training as an epidemiologist, the primary focus of his work has been to understand and address issues of violence and adversity with a focus on gender and youth. Prior to joining IREX, Brian served as a researcher and analyst across several projects in social epidemiology and gender-based violence.
His work in social epidemiology focused on understanding the long-term health effects of exposures to violence and adversity in childhood. In gender-based violence, his work, located in Jordan and Nepal, focused on the measurement of violence and its associated norms and conducting mixed-methods evaluation of social norm strategies to prevent gender-based violence.
Brian has also worked with sports for development and peace programs in Lebanon aiming to integrate Palestinian and Syrian refugee youth. Prior to his training as an epidemiologist, Brian used participatory research methods to inform youth-led initiatives from a community-based organization in South Africa serving youth made vulnerable by HIV/AIDS.
Brian received his master's of public health in global epidemiology with a focus on sociocontextual determinants of health from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University.