Research Associate Professor
Northwestern University: Bachelor of Science, Communication Studies
Purdue University: Master of Science, Psychology
Purdue University: Doctor of Philosophy, Clinical Psychology
University of Virginia Health Sciences Center: Clinical Psychology Residency
Mayo Clinic: Postdoctoral Fellowship in Behavioral Medicine
Smoking Cessation and Tobacco Use Treatment, Health Disparities
My primary research objective is to advance tobacco use treatment, focusing on improving smoking cessation in African American and Latino smokers and other underserved populations. The goal of this effort is to reduce health disparities and enhance health. This work centers on community collaborations, including work with Swope Health Central in the Kick It at Swope projects, and the JUNTOS Center for Advancing Latino Health. This multidisciplinary research involves biobehavioral treatment, combining pharmacotherapy and behavioral counseling, and examines biological, psychological, and sociocultural factors that contribute to treatment outcomes.
My teaching interests include topics in clinical psychology, behavioral medicine, and health behavior, with specific interest in health disparities, cancer control and prevention, and addictions. My general teaching philosophy grows from my own training as a clinical psychologist with a cognitive-behavioral orientation, and my work with evidence-based intervention and multidisciplinary, community-based research. I value experiential learning and multidisciplinary collaboration. The learning process provides opportunities to challenge assumptions, examine empirical evidence, and consider multiple perspectives to develop greater understanding.