Lara J. Iverson is a consultant and doctoral candidate in geography at the State University of New York-University at Buffalo. Her research on the impact of socio-behavioral patterns on infectious disease transmission combines the fields of medical anthropology, epidemiology and computational modeling.
While an undergraduate at Marlboro College, where she pursued a degree in international development studies, Lara Iverson became a certified birth attendant. In her third year at Marlboro, she received a grant to conduct research in Lucknow, India. Her work with a non-governmental agency, DEVI Sansthan, included the creation of a training program for birth attendants to serve local villages. The program Iverson helped design later was implemented in other projects run by the agency. In addition to her work with DEVI Sansthan, she conducted field research, which laid the foundation for her senior thesis and helped shape the course of her future academic pursuits.
Iverson followed her Bachelor of Arts by earning two Master’s degrees, the first from the University of Hawai‘i, Manoa, in Asian Studies and the second from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London. For both degrees, she prepared a thesis related to medical discourse, focusing on public health and its impact in Vietnam. After the completion of her Master’s degree from SOAS in 2005, Lara Iverson consulted for the Center for Global Development in Washington, D.C. There she investigated the relationship between gender and education in minority, marginalized, and indigenous communities. Her research contributions later were used in a book published by the Center. Additionally, she completed a Graduate Certificate in Field Epidemiology from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health in 2008.
Currently, Lara Iverson works at the SUNY-UB National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis and consults for the UB School of Public Health and Health Professions. Her PhD research project focuses on the impact of social and cultural pressures experienced by women seeking medical treatment for tuberculosis in Lusaka, Zambia. For this project, she will be collaborating with researchers at ZAMBART Project, a non-governmental agency that focuses on TB and HIV infection in Zambia.