Jen PattersonData Analyst, Los Angeles
A causal inference enthusiast, Jen aspires to help integrate modern scientific tools into social science research and policymaking. Because of her belief that freedom from cognitive duress is a social good (like clean air, healthcare, or literacy), one of her primary interests is how society supports people who are experiencing psychiatric disorders. In the long term, she plans to research how the neuropsychological effects of trauma and maladaptive stress influence political, social, and intergroup dynamics, as well the lasting effects of related policy interventions on constituents.
Jen is a Data Analyst at CPL’s UCLA office, working on projects related to homelessness and mental health in partnership with the LA Department of Mental Health and UCLA’s Center for Social Medicine and Humanities.
Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Jen has since lived in Washington, D.C., and Seattle, WA, working remotely as an AI/machine learning data scientist. She holds B.A. degrees in Molecular and Cellular Neurobiology and Political Science, as well as an M.Sc. in Information and Data Science, from UC Berkeley. Outside of work, Jen enjoys backpacking, various forms of exercise, and learning languages.