Olivia Nevitt



I graduated from UVa in 2009 with a degree in English and a minor in Bioethics.

I went directly from UVa to Columbia University in New York where I earned a Masters in Public Health.  I studied in the Sociomedical Sciences department where I continued on the interdisciplinary track I began as an undergraduate--focusing on health, social justice, bioethics and the power of narrative.  I dedicated much of my research, my master's practicum and thesis to the topic of intimate partner violence. 

Upon graduating I spent a year working in Washington, DC on the CDC's National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.

I am currently a Research Associate with the President's Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues.  I am also currently serving on the board of directors of a Washington, DC-based domestic violence agency, the Domestic Violence Resource Project. 

As a student at UVa I was awarded a Harrison Undergraduate Research award, which funded an independent research study in which I did a qualitative analysis of the nuanced illness experiences of Hispanic women in the United States.  Professor Marcia Childress served as my mentor and enabled me to envision a career where I could be engaged in exciting, meaningful research, blending all of my varied interests.

The bioethics program at UVa was the perfect home for my blend of interests and the ideal starting point for my career in public health.  It was a privilege to be a part the bioethics internship seminar as a fourth year. I worked with the staff of UVa's Teen Health Center on an adolescent health advocacy project and I still draw on lessons learned while working there.