health promotion in social networks & complex systems
Kayla de la Haye is an Assistant Professor of Preventive Medicine at the University of Southern California, in Los Angeles. She works to promote health and prevent disease by applying social network analysis and systems science to key public health issues.
Her research, funded by the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the U.S. Department of Defense, targets family and community social networks to promote healthy eating and prevent childhood obesity. It also explores the role of social networks in group problem solving in families, teams, and coalitions.
Dr. de la Haye previously worked as an Associate Behavioral/Social Scientist at the RAND Corporation, and she is a current member of the Board of Directors of the International Network of Social Network Analysis (INSNA). In 2018, she received the INSNA Freeman Award for significant contributions to the study of social structure. She holds a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Adelaide, Australia.