Emily Namey is an applied anthropologist whose research career began in the corporate arena, with internships at Nike and Intel, before she focused on public health and medical anthropology while studying for her MA at Northern Arizona University. Her technical skills developed over the past 15 years include mixed methods research design, qualitative data collection and analysis, evaluation research, protocol and instrument development (and more!), while her topical areas of application have ranged from HIV prevention and reproductive health, to bioethics and genomics, to her current work on integrated development projects related to economic strengthening and child protection. Emily is also a “methods geek” by association, having worked and co-led trainings with Greg Guest for nearly a decade and having co-authored or –edited five textbooks on research methods. In a sense she “ghost-taught” the IRDL in past years as Greg’s “phantom colleague” – much referred to but never present – and she is very much looking forward to taking active part in “the best training ever!” herself this year. Outside of work, Emily enjoys hanging out with her family, planning new travel adventures, cheering for the Miami Hurricanes, and serving as a local coordinator for the CIEE high school exchange program.