In my role at USU in the KHS department, I oversee the Office of Health Equity & Community Engagement.
I specialize in mental health, holistic approaches to wellness, and improving communication in medicine. I have a PhD in Sociology and Community and Environmental Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with an emphasis on social psychology and medical sociology. I received postdoctral training from the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
I teach holistic health and public health communications in our online Master of Public Health program.
My current research focuses on rural and tribal populations as they cope with Opioid Use Disorder (OUD), coalition building around pressing health needs, sexual assault responsiveness, and promoting volunteerism to create healthier communities.