Assistant Professor, Behavioral and Community Health Sciences
Assistant Professor, Pediatrics
6129 Public Health Building, 130 De Soto St, Pittsburgh, PA 15261
Primary Phone: 967-179-5192
My mission is to eliminate substance use and violence inequities for sexual and gender minority youth (SGMY; e.g., adolescents who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer [LGBTQ+]). To accomplish this mission, my research focuses on: (1) examining the complex social mechanisms producing SGMY health inequities; and (2) designing, implementing, and evaluating interventions aimed at reducing violence and substance use inequities for SGMY. My studies use multiple methodologies, including quantitative, qualitative, human-centered design, systems science, and stakeholder-engaged research. My research has been published in peer-reviewed journals, including Addiction, American Journal of Public Health, Journal of Adolescent Health, and Prevention Science, and these results were subsequently highlighted in various media outlets, including Huffington Post, NPR, and Reuters.
2017 | University of Pittsburgh | Doctor of Philosophy
2012 | Boston University | Master of Public Health
2008 | Syracuse University | Bachelor of Science
BCHS 2991 | Multilevel Analysis in Public Health
BCHS 2992 | Systems Theories and Approaches
BCHS 3503 | Prevention & Implementation Science: Translating Knowledge to Practice
I thrive on mentoring students. I welcome the opportunity to work with both undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in studying LGBTQ+ health and interventions using quantitative, qualitative, human-centered design, systems science, or stakeholder-engaged research methods.
Volunteer research assistant positions are available in my lab. Interested undergraduate and graduate student volunteers can complete this application form.
Prospective graduate students who want to be advised by me can apply to the PhD or MPH program in the Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences (BCHS). Interested applicants are also encouraged to get in touch with me via email.
For a complete list of publications, see Google Scholar.