Morain is a PhD candidate in Health Policy, with a concentration in ethics. Her primary research interests are in the ethics of public health, with a particular focus on the appropriate role of government to address health challenges. Her dissertation examines the legitimate scope of government authority to address non-communicable disease, using both survey methodology and normative analysis. Her empirical work on public health legitimacy has been funded by the Greenwall Foundation. She is a graduate of the MPH program in History and Ethics at Columbia University and the Biology and History, Government, and Law programs at Lafayette College (AB; summa cum laude). She has served as a teaching fellow for several courses in public health ethics, as well as the doctoral-level seminar in health policy. She is a Hecht-Levi Fellow with the Berman Institute of Bioethics at Johns Hopkins.