I am a researcher exploring the intersection of cultural and psychological influences on mother-infant interaction, infant care practices, and maternal health behavior. I conduct research on mother-infant interaction locally and internationally and I work closely with local organizations to develop health education programs (e.g., skin-to-skin newborn care) to improve outcomes for mothers and infants. I am the Project Manager for Project RISE: harnessing Ritual to Improve Service-delivery and Empower health workers based out of University of Texas at Austin under Dr. Cristine Legare. The objective of this project is to improve maternal and child health in India, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. I am also the Founder and Director of the nonprofit organization Nurturely – “The science and nature of nurturing” – dedicated to conducting interdisciplinary research and using research to design and improve maternal-infant health programs in communities around the world (www.nurturely.org).