Positive youth development using strength-based approaches, protective factors for at-risk youth, effects of prosocial activities, and mentoring on empowerment and resilience in youth
Interpersonal dynamics in close relationships and their impact on health and well-being; coping, adjustment, and support for adults with chronic illness; health policy focused on improving long-term care, caregiver support, and social determinants of health.
Applying Social Psychology approaches to understand and predict healthy/unhealthy behaviors, such as exercise or smoking.
Clinical applications of psychoneuroimmunology to treat late-life depression; Effects of self-compassion practice on physiological stress reactivity
investigating the efficacy and accessibility of technology-based interventions for treating eating disorders by utilizing community-driven research methods. My hope is employing community-driven research will lead to new pathways for increased accessibility and acceptance of digital interventions in traditionally underserved populations.
The dissemination, implementation, and evaluation of evidence-based practices in community settings
Neuropsychology, cognitive sequelae of medical and psychological conditions
Subjective class identity and perceived scarcity, socioeconomic disparities of health, malleability of class identity, chronic illness
Child and adolescent trauma and resilience, sexual assault, and psychophysiological interventions for at risk youth
Racial and gendered health disparities, integrated healthcare settings, place-based health initiatives
Trauma, consent, IVP, substance abuse, sexual violence
Socioeconomic disparities in health with a particular focus on perceived scarcity and racial differences
Education, evaluation of early childhood and prevention programs, and improving systematic injustices
Clinical neuropsychology; the role of cognition in emotion regulation, adjustment, and treatment outcomes following intense, life-changing experiences (e.g., military combat); normative and pathological processes of cognitive aging
Family health behavior change; child overweight; positive parenting strategies
Promoting health equity through integrated care; health communication in integrated care settings; influence of internalization of stigma on treatment-seeking behaviors
I am interested in the cognitive aspects of mental health, cognitive training, and creating and improving treatments and prevention programs. I am also interested in improving the accessibility of treatments through gamification
I am interested in the prevention of childhood obesity and Type II diabetes; mother and infant wellness, specifically breastfeeding duration and rates in minority populations; utilizing program evaluation and implementation science to address challenges in educational and healthcare systems; and access to free and appropriate education for all children, including children with special needs and children from low SES households.
I moved to North Carolina in 2011 for a graduate assistantship at Wingate University (about an hour east of Charlotte). Originally planning just to come for grad school, first I fell in love with the weather, and then I met and fell in love with my husband! Like many other implants, I consider NC to be my home state for the foreseeable future. Proud parents of our “big goof” Bridie (an adopted mutt), Mick and I enjoy spending time outdoors with her, and appreciating the diversity of what Charlotte has to offer (from going out in Uptown to relaxing in NoDa). My prior work experiences...
Posttraumatic growth (PTG), resilience, and thriving; development and application of military focused PTG interventions
Sleep quality and behaviors; Inflammation; Mindfulness practices
Intimate partner violence, consent, risk factors to sexual perpetration of violence, trauma informed care
Nature and well-being within the context of scarcity
Maternal and perinatal health, doula care, psychosocial influences on childbirth outcomes, clinical treatments for perinatal mood disorders
Social media, technology, cyber aggression, LGBTQ+, mindfulness, adjustment
relationship processes, (cyber) intimate partner violence, transdiagnostic vulnerabilities
Substance abuse recovery and prevention, education, and child welfare
Neuropsychology, Neuropsychological assessment of neurodegenerative disorders, Forensic neuropsychology
affective (e.g., positive affect, positive reappraisal) and cognitive (e.g., future thinking) mechanisms underlying health behavior change, mindfulness and emotion regulation, inclusive health promotion approaches, positive psychology approaches to increasing physical activity
embodiment; interoceptive awareness; pregnancy; postpartum; mindfulness; eating behaviors; interactions with healthcare/legal/policy systems and their contribution to health and well-being
Posttraumatic growth and posttraumatic stress after interpersonal traumas and the impact of mediating behaviors like rumination and social media surveillance
Executive function, neuropsychology, emotion regulation, & health behavior engagement
The effects of stress and inflammation on cognition, the clinical use of biomarkers in neuropsychological testing
stress, health disparities and physiological markers of stress
Violence exposure and resiliency; mental health and Muslim Americans
Health equity, integrated healthcare systems, institutional betrayal, intimate partner violence
How societal attitudes and beliefs about sleep shape sleeping behaviors; the social and emotional predictors and outcomes of sleep disturbances
Using community-based participatory research approaches in the design, implementation and evaluation of programs to improve community well-being and inform action across multiple levels of the bioecological model
My research interests are fairly broad and are focused around promoting health and wellbeing, particularly related to mental health and integrated behavioral healthcare. Some of my more specific interests include physical activity promotion, understanding and improving health communication, medically unexplained symptoms and ethical implications for psychologists as well as medical providers, and mindfulness and acceptance-based interventions.
The intersection between health and mental health among diverse youth populations experiencing adversity; resilience; integrated care; intervention and prevention efforts within academic and community-based settings; sleep.
Reducing sexual health disparities, health risk behavior intervention, community based participatory research
Mitigating racial health disparities through top-down policy change and bottom-up community empowerment. Promoting health equity through integrated care, asset-based community development, and community-based participatory research. Evidence-based interventions rooted in critical race public health praxis.
Eating disorders among ethnic minorities, and multicultural counseling competencies
How individuals cope with chronic illnesses in a variety of situations. I've particularly looked at how humor plays a role in coping with the stresses related to Multiple Sclerosis.
poverty-related stigma, eating behaviors within the context of poverty and deprivation, the impact of food insecurity on mental health, type II diabetes
Physical and mental health disparities, root causes of health inequities, community-based participatory research and evaluation, place-based initiatives, and the connection between stress, coping mechanisms, and racism.
Sleep Hygiene, Chronicity, Physiological sleep outcomes, Cognitive sleep outcomes