About Me

I am a licensed clinical social worker who is passionate about helping people live healthier lives by eating well and being physically active to reduce the burden of chronic disease caused by overweight and obesity. I am a graduate from the Department of Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior from the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina. I am currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Medical University of South Carolina working specifically with telehealth and behavioral weight management.

I was born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina. When I was young, I loved playing video games and sports. I was the pitcher of my softball team and played tennis, basketball, and volleyball. In high school I began to enjoy cooking and would cook healthy dinners for my parents during the week. It was this love of eating well and being active that inspired me to pursue my doctorate in Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior after working in clinical social work for four years. While my interest in video games has long passed, I still love to stay up-to-date on current trends in technology, especially wearable technology and smartphone/tablet apps. I am excited about the potential opportunities researchers and clinicians will have to integrate new technologies to help people make positive health behavior changes to reduce the burden of chronic diseases associated with overweight and obesity. 

My areas of research interest include:

  • Obesity
  • Telehealth
  • Mobile health (mHealth)
  • Weight Loss
  • Long-term Weight Maintenance
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