Elise's public health training began in 2013 when she started her MSPH program in Social and Behavioral Interventions in the International Health Department at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. For her master's practicum, Elise served as the project manager for an HIV risk assessment study based in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire working with female sex workers and men who have sex with men. For her master’s thesis, she conducted a qualitative analysis of barriers to accessing health care among FSW in Abidjan. In collaboration with the Cote d’Ivoire team, Elise also authored a quantitative analysis of the impacts of social cohesion and social participation on HIV testing among MSM in Swaziland.
Before starting her doctorate program, Elise worked as a research associate for the University of Oklahoma on a handwashing promotion intervention RCT based in Sirajganj, Bangladesh. Ultimately, Elise's interest in studying the social and environmental conditions that contribute to infectious diseases led her to the Colorado School of Public Health to further develop and hone her environmental epidemiology research skills as a DrPH student as well as a professional research assistant for the Environmental & Occupational Health Department. Elise is currently assisting with research examining potential sources of schistosomiasis reemergence and persistence in Sichuan, China. Her dissertation research is focused on the impacts of climate change on parasitic disease transmission.