Dr. Dovile Vilda is a Research Assistant Professor at the Center, currently working in collaboration with Dr. Wallace on projects that examine pregnancy-associated mortality and the role of state-level policies in contributing to the higher rates of maternal and infant mortality. Dr. Vilda received her Ph.D. in Social Policy / Child & Youth Research from the School of Social Work and Social Policy at Trinity College Dublin (Ireland). Dovile also holds a M.Sc. in Migration Studies / Social and Behavioral Sciences from Utrecht University (the Netherlands) and a postgraduate certificate in Statistics from Trinity College Dublin. Her research interests include qualitative and quantitative research methods, advanced data analysis, and conducting ethical research with vulnerable populations. Through her current and previous work and research activities, Dr. Vilda has extensive experience in designing and conducting mixed-methods research with vulnerable populations (e.g. immigrant children and youth, homeless immigrant populations; at-risk and economically disadvantaged families), including developing study protocols and research instruments, collecting and analyzing data, writing reports and journal articles, and disseminating research results to various audiences. When not at work, Dovile enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading books, knitting and listening to music.