Prior to entering the PhD program, Jillian was a part of the Outcomes Research Program and Functional Assessment Lab under the Center for Integrated Research at Inova Health System. While there she conducted research in health-related quality of life, activity, diet, function and prevalence research in chronic liver disease.
Prior to Inova, Jillian worked for a contract research organization as a data manager and protocol monitor for Phase III vaccine trials. Jillian has degrees in Biological Psychology (B.S.) and Health Psychology (M.S.), and her additional research interests include biobehavioral interventions, cardiovascular function, obesity, metabolism, healthy aging, and adherence.