Teja Pristavec is a sociologist and a Research Assistant Professor of statistical sciences at the University of Virginia Biocomplexity Institute and Initiative, Social and Decision Analytics Division. She obtained her BA in cultural studies at the University of Ljubljana, received MA and PhD degrees in sociology from Rutgers University, and completed postdoctoral training in applied statistics at Virginia Tech and University of Virginia. Her research interests include spatial analysis, administrative data, quantitative methods, health, and inequality. Her work has been published in the Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological and Social Sciences, The Gerontologist, Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics, Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, and Food, Culture, & Society. In her current position, Teja collaborates with an interdisciplinary group using quantitative methods and blended data to develop evidence-based research and inform effective decision-making in government and industry. She is passionate about using data science for the public good.
Research projects: Dr. Pristavec works on interdisciplinary projects using quantitative methods and big data to develop evidence.based research and inform effective decision-making in government and industry. She is particularly interested in spatial analysis, health, and inequality. Under the mentorship og Dr. Pristavec, ASEF fellows would be involved in the Univeristy of Virginia Biocomplexity institute Social & Decision Analytics Divison‘s existing protfolio of projects, working closely with Dr. Pristavec, other Divion faculty, and project stakeholders on problems ranging from measuring economic mobility to examining sub-county level barriers to health access. In addition, fellows would have the option of participating in the Data Science fot the Public Good Ypung Scholars program, an intensive 11-week summer training opportunity.