Miriam Alvarado is PhD student and Gates Scholar with the Evaluation of Population Interventions in Dietary Public Health programme at CEDAR. Her research focus is an evaluation of the sugar-sweetened beverage tax implemented in Barbados in 2015, supervised by Dr Jean Adams and Professor Nigel Unwin.
Miriam has a background in Economics and International Development Studies from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Master of Public Health (MPH) focused on health metrics from the University of Washington, Seattle. Miriam was a Post-Bachelor Fellow at the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation, and worked on the Global Burden of Disease 2010 as well as social determinants of health. Miriam was a Fulbright Scholar and conducted research on gendered physical activity in Barbados. Prior to joining CEDAR, Miriam was working with the University of the West Indies on physical activity promotion, regional health inequalities and chronic disease prevention.