Trained as a social-health psychologist, I study the impact of holding stigmatizing identities and conditions. My current studies focus on sexual and gender minority stress and health in LGBTQ individuals and Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) in women and gender diverse individuals.
As a Professor, I teach courses in the area of stigma and diversity psychological science. I direct the Social Issues and Relations Laboratory (SIRL), where undergraduate and graduate students gain first-hand experience in designing and conducting studies on stigma, minority stress, and psychosocial processes that link stigma to health and mental health.
Prior to ETSU, I earned my graduate degrees at Kent State University, and subsequently completed a 2-year NIMH postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research (in Social Environment and Health).