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  • Dissertation – How Resilience and Disadvantage Shape Physical Health: Racial and Ethnic Variations Across the Life Course.

  • Long-term health outcomes and health inequalities related to:

    • Educational attainment.

    • Early-life circumstances (childhood SES; schooling; family structure; residence; disability).

  • How psychosocial resources (peer networks; parental relationships; psychological resilience) shape educational attainment, health, and well-being.



Bruefach, Tyler, and John R. Reynolds. 2021. “Social Isolation and Achievement of Students with Learning Disabilities.” Social Science Research. doi: 10.1016/j.ssresearch.2021.102667.

Bruefach, Tyler, Carr, Dawn C., and Natalie Sachs-Ericsson. 2022. "History of childhood mistreatment and the psychological health consequences of COVID-19 for older adults." Aging and Mental Health.


Bruefach, Tyler. (Under Review). "Racial and Ethnic Variations in the Associations Between Psychological Resilience and Physical Health."

Bruefach, Tyler, Carr, Dawn C., Reynolds. John R., and Miles Taylor. (Under Review). “Personal and Parental Education: Early-Life Sources of Resilience and Health at Midlife.”

Taylor, Miles, Bruefach, Tyler, and Dawn C. Carr. (Under Review) “Measuring Resilience in a Diverse US Population: Findings from HRS and Add Health.”


Community Health Assessment (CHA) in Alachua County, Florida. Data Scientist at Knowli Data Science, Tallahassee, FL (Feb 2023-Present)

  • Collaborate with Alachua County Department of Health and community leaders to define and address 3 different assessments that gauge barriers to Alachua County residents’ health and wellbeing.

  • Develop survey assessments in Qualtrics based on validated survey instruments to measure key social determinants of health in Alachua County.

  • Analyze primary and secondary data to identify trends and patterns in Alachua County residents’ health profiles, social needs, and social determinants of health.

  • Implement survey design techniques to obtain representative data on Alachua resident population.

  • Connect with Alachua County health officials and stakeholders weekly to articulate findings, navigate methodological challenges, and inform the Alachua community members.

  • Develop reports alongside team members that inform county health officials and community leaders of assessment findings, implications for health programs and policies, and prescribed action steps to bolster the health and wellbeing in Alachua County.

Evaluating Pilot Programs to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Severe Maternal Morbidity through Telehealth (SMMT) in Duval and Orange Counties (Oct 2022-Present)

  • Collaborate with pilot program sites to define and address challenges to implementing the SMMT Pilot Program.

  • Tailor unique measures to assess success across two unique pilot program sites.

  • Draft reports assessing the relative challenges and successes of two different pilot program sites.

  • Consult pilot program sites on best practices related to survey design, data collection, and data analysis.

  • Communicate with pilot program sites and Department of Health to meet evaluation contract deadlines.

Model Development for Assessing the Texas Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) (Oct 2021-Sep 2022)

  • Create automated algorithms and dynamic visualizations identifying potential fraud in the Texas SNAP recipients using SQL, SAS, and Tableau.

  • Advise Texas Health and Human Services (HHS) on how to measure risk factors identified by investigator accounts.

  • Apply sociological knowledge to build algorithms that combat systematic bias across race, ethnicity, sex, age and disability.

  • Collaborate with peer analysts to build composite risk score from developed algorithms.

  • Present findings to and troubleshoot data problems with partnered contractors and HHS staff.

The Campus Recreation Employability Study (2017-2020)

The Campus Recreation Employability Study surveyed college students across 30 universities to gauge the employability of student who worked within Campus Recreation programs.

  • Wrangled and managed longitudinal data (3 waves) from 30 participating universities.

  • Assisted with preparation and presentation of project-related reports and results.

  • Interpreted participants’ qualitative responses in context of research aims.

  • Communicated research aims, methodology, and findings with university stakeholders and representatives in campus recreation programming.

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