11 May 2016

Spotlight on New Staff: Lindsay Mallick

lindsayandaviName: Lindsay Mallick

Position title:  Research Associate/Data Analyst

Languages spoken: English, some French

When not working, favorite place to visit: Any place that’s warm and sunny!

Favorite type of cuisine: Sushi, hands down.

Last good book you read: “Expecting Better” by Emily Oster. She’s an economist who debunks a lot of pregnancy myths restrictions with sound research.

Where would we find you on a Saturday?   At home, spending quality time with my family.

First time you worked with DHS survey data: At Tulane for my MPH program, using the 2006 Mali DHS dataset to look at female genital cutting for a research project in a class.

What is on your desk (or bulletin board/wall) right now?  Pictures of my family; trinkets from around the world, kindly brought to me from my traveling coworkers.

What is your favorite survey final report cover?   2000-01 Mauritania DHS because that’s where I served in the Peace Corps!

Favorite chapter or indicator, and why? It’s a tie between Reproductive health and Family planning. I’m passionate about both topics that are so integral to women’s health.

What’s your favorite way to access The DHS Program’s data? From my hard drive, where I have many datasets stored for everyday use.

What population or health issue are you most passionate about?  Why?  It’s hard to choose just one.  They are all so important.  In the Peace Corps, I focused on water and sanitation, because they’re so fundamental to health.

What are you most looking forward to about your new position?  There is so much to learn working here, from new survey findings to working with DHS data.

What has been your biggest surprise so far?  The kind and supportive work environment—I really lucked out with this job.  My colleagues and supervisors are truly amazing people!

What do you look forward to bringing to The DHS Program (job-related or not!)? Funny stories, pictures and videos of life with toddlers.

Written by The DHS Program

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