Throughout my time on faculty, I have engaged in service to the University of Minnesota, Medical School, Department of Pediatrics, and Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Health; and professional service to the academy. My professional service to the scientific community includes grant, manuscript, and textbook reviews. I am a member of the American Psychological Association and Academic Consortium on Criminal Justice Health. In 2019, I developed a workgroup and led a convening of researchers from five Centers of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health to discuss research, training, and advocacy efforts related to justice-involved women and girls. Products from some of this work can be found here.
I am regularly invited to speak about my work to audiences beyond the academy. Each year, I give approximately 6-10 presentations to community-based organizations, professional groups, and government agencies. Reflecting the University’s commitment to community engagement, I have translated and disseminated the research in this area to diverse audiences, including incarcerated parents, teachers, social workers, service providers, lawyers, corrections professionals, county commissioners, and legislators. These presentations reflect my desire to “give the science away” and my commitment to translating research into practice and policy.
In 2020, I was appointed by Governor Walz to the Children’s Cabinet Advisory Council. In 2014 and 2020, I was recognized for Excellence in Child Health Advocacy from the Department of Pediatrics.