I earned my PhD in educational psychology from the University of Illinois-Chicago in 2011 and a B.A. and M.A.from the University of Michigan. My research interests include developmental transitions, social exclusion/ostracism, school safety and longitudinal data methodology. Currently, I am an assistant professor in the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education in the School of Public Health where I examine the social determinants of health and risk behavior in adolescence and emerging adulthood. 

My current projects examine key risk factors in adolescence and emerging adulthood - including substance use, anxiety, and youth violence - in school contexts. I am particularly interested transitory years (i.e., to high school; to college) and how violence exposure and victimization can shape physical/mental health, social integration and academic success. 

I am a core member of both the University of Michigan Injury Center and Youth Violence Prevention Center and serve as the lead evaluator of a federally-funded child/early adolescent substance use reduction intervention, two school-based climate interventions to improve mental health and reduce violence, and a CDC-funded evaluation of the State of Michigan’s core violence and injury prevention programs.