Psychosocial and contextual factors of stress, resilience, and health behaviors, as well as disparities in mental and physical health care and outcomes.
Lifestyle risk factors such as physical activity, unhealthy diet and smoking and its relation to cognition and emotion regulation
Children and families, trauma, grief, resilience, post-traumatic growth(PTG), ethnic minority groups
The interaction between low SES, unstable housing, homelessness, health outcomes, and quality of life.
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.
Eating disorders specifically in women of color, weight bias, and weight stigma.
How negative emotions impact maladaptive health behaviors, such as binge drinking or disordered eating.
Institutional betrayal; disparities in healthcare; integrated care; trauma-informed care; chronic illness
How mindfulness buffers psychological and physiological stress reactivity; individual-level predictors (e.g. trait self-compassion, trait mindfulness) of acceptability and efficacy of 3rd wave therapy approaches; clinical applications of psychoneuroimmunology for the treatment of co-occurring mental and physical illnesses.
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
Education, evaluation of early childhood and prevention programs, and improving systematic injustices
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
Sleep quality and behaviors; Inflammation; Mindfulness practices, down syndrome
Intimate partner violence, consent, risk factors to sexual perpetration of violence, trauma informed care
Maternal and perinatal health, doula care, psychosocial influences on childbirth outcomes, clinical treatments for perinatal mood disorders
Use of quantitative methods to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts in dating violence research and social/behavioral science more broadly; identity-based dating violence systematically impacting sexual and gender minority youth; promotion of relational health across multiple levels of the bioecological model
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
The effects of stress and inflammation on cognition, the clinical use of biomarkers in neuropsychological testing
Violence exposure and resiliency; mental health and Muslim Americans
Health equity, integrated healthcare systems, institutional betrayal, intimate partner violence
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
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