Prior to joining GHS, Nash received her B.A. in Global Health and International Comparative Studies, with a minor in French from Duke University. Her interest in global health is rooted in her international experience studying maternal & child health, and health systems strengthening in low-income countries. In her four years at Duke, Nash conducted in-depth independent research in Togo, India, and Kenya. In Togo, Nash studied the influence of culture on maternal diet and child health. While in India, she investigated the mental health of eighty-nine orphan children using validated instruments of trauma, self-concept, ego resilience, and attachment. Her findings are published in the journal of Institutionalized Children (ICEB).
In Kenya, Nash’s work focused on the phenomenon of Female Genital Cutting (FGC) among the Samburu of Kenya and culminated in an honors thesis focusing on Alternative Rite of Passage as an intervention to address FGC in rural East Africa. She collected her data while interning at the African Medical Research Foundation (AMREF), the largest health-centered International NGO working in Africa. Her work, which provided insight into the ways in which well-intentioned NGO-led anti-FGC interventions can be gravely ineffectual, was awarded Highest Distinction by Duke’s Global Health Institute.