Associate Professor, Behavioral and Community Health Sciences
6136 Public Health
Primary Phone: 967-179-8168
I am a social epidemiologist and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences. My research focuses on the social ecology of substance use, model-based approaches to study drinking behaviors and related problems, and population-based analyses of alcohol-related problems such as violence. I am the Principal Investigator of an NIH NIAAA-funded R01 that uses small scale multi-methods approaches, including local survey and archival data, to assess four specific social mechanisms that may link over-concentrations of off-premise alcohol outlets in neighborhood areas to alcohol-related problems (e.g., violence and heavy drinking). I also lead an NIH project to generate behavioral risk models in an agent-based modeling framework to better understand and intervene to reduce alcohol-related problems in community contexts. In addition to my alcohol-focused research, I study the spatial and social patterns of opioid use in Pennsylvania.
2010 | University of Michigan, Ann Arbor MI | Ph.D., Epidemiology
2005 | University of Washington, Seattle WA | MPH, Epidemiology
2003 | Brown University, Providence RI | Sc.B., Environmental Science
BCHS 3015 | Community Mapping and Introductory Spatial Analysis