Iowa State University: Bachelor of Science, Psychology
Ball State University: Master of Arts, Clinical Psychology
University of Missouri-Kansas City: Doctor of Philosophy, Counseling Psychology
University of Kansas Medical Center: Fellowship
Smoking Cessation and Obesity Prevention
My research focuses on behavior changes - both at the individual and the systems level - that relate to smoking and obesity among underserved and high risk groups. Within the area of smoking, the long-term goal of my research is to reduce disparities in tobacco-related morbidity and mortality for African American smokers. Within the area of obesity, the long-term goal of my research is to reduce the incidence of overweight and obesity among low income ethnic minority children.
My teaching interests lie in the areas of preventive medicine, social and behavioral aspects of health, and behavioral interventions, particularly the use of motivational interviewing (MI) counseling to facilitate health behavior change. I teach two courses in the MPH program, facilitate small groups with medical students, and regularly lecture to faculty, staff, and trainees throughout the medical center.