Yale UniversityMaster of Public Health, Environmental Health Sciences
University of Wisconsin-MadisonBachelor of Science, Biological Systems Engineering
Natural Resources and Environmental Engineering


City of Durham, North CarolinaInnovation Manager (April 2022-Present)
I lead the City’s Innovation Team (I-Team), which tackles internal continuous improvement projects and community-facing research and innovation projects using principles of human-centered design, behavioral science, research methods, experimentation, and data analysis and evaluation.
Center for Advanced Hindsight,
Duke University
Behavioral Researcher (June 2019-April 2022)
I use principles from behavioral science and human-centered design to develop and run large-scale experiments aimed at influencing people to make more sustainable choices (drive less, compost, recycle).  I create and conduct surveys, interviews, and focus groups and analyze large study results databases.
Triangle J Council of GovernmentsEnergy & Environment Program Analyst (2017-2019)
I calculated the impact of the Triangle-wide Transportation Demand Management program and developed and analyzed biennial regional commuter surveys.  In addition, I created programming for the Clean Cities Coalition, a DOE-funded consortium of professionals dedicated to educating, funding, and improving alternative fuel options in the Triangle.
Yale School of Public Health,
Yale Law School
Teaching Fellow, Career Development Specialist (2016-2019)
YSPH – I helped develop assessments and teaching materials for Master-level students in Principals of Environmental Health class.  YLS – I developed a database of YLS alumni and facilitated regional network opportunities.
California EPA Office of Environmental
Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA)
Climate Change Epidemiology Intern (May-August 2016)
I gathered, processed, and analyzed hospitalization and climate data from state and national databases and built a time-series model to examine the association between temperature and mental health hospitalization outcomes over a 10 year period.  This study was published in the American Journal of Epidemiology.
Yale Center for Environmental
Law & Policy
Research Assistant (2015-2016)
I analyzed state and municipal solar permitting practices and policies to develop the Environmental Performance Index statewide solar scorecard, aimed at assigning a grade to Connecticut municipalities based on the complexity of residential solar permitting policies.
Hunt Oil CompanyEnvironmental Health & Safety Engineer (2013-2015)
I calculated company-wide annual greenhouse gas emissions in compliance with EPA-mandated annual reporting.  I led an initiative assessing the financial and environmental benefits of implementing water recycling practices in field locations and served as the environmental lead for a NEPA-regulated proposed transmission line project.  In addition, I tracked audited compliance with environmental and safety regulations and permits and directed field safety training.


Gavin, L., McChesney, J., Tong, A., Sherlock, J., Foster, L., & Tomsa, S. (2022). “Fighting the Spread of COVID-19 Misinformation in Kyrgyzstan, India, and the United States: How Replicable Are Accuracy Nudge Interventions?” Technology, Mind, and Behavior3(3: Autumn).

Whillans, A., Sherlock, J., Roberts, J., O’Flaherty, S., Gavin, L., Dykstra, H., Daly, M. (2021) “Nudging the Commute: Using Behaviorally-Informed Interventions to Promote Sustainable Transportation.” Behavioral Science & Policy 7, no. 2 (2021): 27–49.

Wang, E. Y., Zafar, J. E., Lawrence, C. M., Gavin, L. F., Mishra, S., Boateng, A., Thiel, C. L., Dubrow, R., & Sherman, J. D. (2021). “Environmental emissions reduction of a preoperative evaluation center utilizing telehealth screening and standardized preoperative testing guidelines.” Resources, Conservation and Recycling, 171, 105652.

Basu, R., Gavin, L., Pearson, D., Ebisu, K., Malig, B. (2018). “Examining the Association Between Temperature and Emergency Room Visits from Mental Health-Related Outcomes in California.” American Journal of Epidemiology, Apr 1;187(4):726-735.


SoftwareMicrosoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint)
Adobe InDesign
LanguageConversational Spanish

Activities, Awards, Continuing Education

2021 Politics and Public Policy Theory Course – UNC School of Public Policy Doctorate Program

Association of Commuter Transportation (ACT) – 40 Under 40 Award recipient (2020)

Environmental Advisory Board Member, Town of Carrboro (2018-2020)

ACT Excellence in Research Award (2019)

Engaging Local Government Leaders (ELGL) Member (2017-Present)

YSPH Climate Change Health Practicum – Led economic and environmental impact analysis in YNH Hospital (2017)

2014 Dale Carnegie Course – Effective Communication & Skills for Success, Outstanding Performance Award