Cindy Beard - Intern

Cindy completed her BA in Biology and Spanish at the University of Virginia, after which she spent 2 years in DC working for an emergency management/homeland security consulting firm called The Cadmus Group. The exposure to health security projects that she had there convinced her to pursue an MPH in epidemiology at UCLA, where she focused on infectious disease surveillance and global health. During her MPH program, Cindy lived and worked in Dhaka, Bangladesh for 3 months studying avian influenza surveillance systems, which ultimately informed her master’s project.

She is now pursuing her PhD in epidemiology from UCLA, focusing on HIV prevention in at-risk populations, and Cindy is very excited to be working with Constant on local emergency planning and health challenges.

Favorite disaster movie: Contagion
Favorite acronym: FYSA, CONOPS
Strangest/Favorite personal emergency kit item: My SteriPEN, instant coffee
First EM response/experience: Helping implement enhanced screening for Ebola at 2 U.S. airports in 2014
Hobbies: Soccer, hiking, cooking/eating, trying new outdoor activities