Graduation: Spring 2023

Research Interests: Family violence, intimate partner violence, child maltreatment, parenting, father engagement, social determinants of health, health equity, intergenerational patterns, cross-systems analysis, institutional policy analysis, longitudinal quantitative methods, mixed methods, advanced statistical analyses

Awards: Gottlieb Fellow Award, University of Washington (2016), Pre-doctoral Clinical Research Summer Program Fellow (NIH, TL1), Michigan Institute for Clinical & Health Research (MICHR), University of Michigan (2013)

I bring a decade of policy advocacy, community engagement, and clinical experience to my work addressing interpersonal and family violence. This experience informs my focus on alternatives to punitive strategies for addressing co-occurring intimate partner violence (IPV) and child maltreatment (CM) that center survivor safety while directly engaging those responsible for harm. My research focuses on ensuring child wellbeing through parenting supports that 1) engage fathers in cases of co-occurring IPV and CM, 2) foster multigenerational relational health, and 3) are IPV-informed and integrated across systems. Across these areas of focus, I seek to develop and evaluate violence prevention programs and policies that engage directly with those who have caused harm and align with broader efforts to engage fathers.

My pedagogy and research are informed by my background in education, clinical social work, and social policy. I hold a BS in Education from DePaul University and received my MSW from the University of Michigan. I have been a therapist, group facilitator, policy advocate, consultant, political campaigner, and an educator from elementary through graduate coursework. I am experienced teaching social work practice and policy and enjoy helping students develop their professional identities, critical lenses, and writing skills.