Dr. Teja Pristavec is sociologist and a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Virginia Biocomplexity Institute and Initiative (BII) Social and Decision Analytics Division (SDAD). She obtained her BA in cultural studies at the University of Ljubljana and received her MA and PhD degrees from Rutgers University. Her research interests include quantitative methods, health, and inequality. Her published work investigates the role of driving status and transportation assistance for older adults’ social participation (Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological and Social Sciences), the burdensome and beneficial experiences of informal caregivers (The Gerontologist), and the importance of children’s school meal program participation for household adults’ food security (The Intersection of Food and Public Health: Examining Current Challenges and Solutions in Policy and Politics). She is passionate about computational social science and looking for answers to sociological questions using quantitative analysis. At SDAD, she works on multidisciplinary collaborative projects using quantitative methods to develop evidence-based research and inform effective policy-making.