My research interests in sociology have centered on health inequality as it relates to issues of self and identity, racism and discrimination, gender, workplace stress and the coping mechanisms and health outcomes involved in these processes. Following undergraduate study, I worked at The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University as a senior research assistant, reinforcing my knowledge base on data quality, equity, and privacy. I earned my MA in Sociology from the University of Maryland, and then worked at the University of Illinois (UIC), School of Medicine’s Psychiatry Department, where I occupied advancing positions from data analyst to project director to senior research specialist. I was a key contributor to all phases of research, from study planning to data analysis/publications, and managed multiple longitudinal studies on how cumulative forms of stress, such as those related to psychological trauma experienced by the September 11 attacks, and stressors related to work-family conflict and workplace harassment, interact to influence health, alcohol use & abuse, and well-being. My academic and research experience in interdisciplinary environments allows me to draw on a wide range of perspectives, resources, and design methods for my dissertation. I am working on my dissertation from Columbia, SC.


Areas of Interest

  • Medical Sociology
  • Sociology of Mental Health/Social Psychology
  • Gender, Socioeconomic, Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities
  • Workplace Discrimination & Harassment
  • Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology


  • BA
    Psychology, Tufts University
  • MA
    Sociology, University of Maryland, College Park


  • 2022 Ford Foundation Fellow, through the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
  • Research Fellow, Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) in the Sociology of Mental Health. Awarded jointly from the American Sociological Association and the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
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