Regional Community Facilitator | Psychology Professor at Tennessee State University | Consultant
I have been able to craft a fulfilling and dynamic career for myself. I'm an advocate, professor, consultant and facilitator. Not only is my work flexible and exciting, it is also changing hearts and minds. My Peabody experience made it all possible. In my role as a Regional Community Facilitator for ACEs Connection, a social network dedicated to raising awareness of the Adverse Childhood Experiences study, I facilitate the creation and maintenance of grassroot movements across the country that are dedicated to mitigating childhood trauma, racial trauma and health disparities. In addition, I am a stress and trauma expert and consult with many companies, nonprofits and large institutions (including Vanderbilt Medical Center) concerning community engagement, DEI, healthy workplaces and trauma-informed practices. Lastly, the work that brings me the most joy is teaching undergraduate psychology courses at Tennessee State University. Through teaching, I am able to pass along my Peabody experience to future practitioners, scholars and leaders within the field of psychology.
My overall mission is to educate and mobilize the public to address unresolved trauma and toxic stress within their communities, workplaces, schools and within their homes. This mission derived from my studies at Peabody College and from my advisor, Vicki Harris (Child Studies), who pushed me to frame human development within the context of the many systems that impact our lives.
I believe rigor is what sets Peabody College apart from the rest. My advisor and all of my professors challenged me to meet a consistent standard of excellence. In addition to the academic rigor, the Peabody Research Institute, and the other exhaustive research resources available, transformed me from a passive information receiver into a person capable of constructing my own knowledge. Peabody is where I learned how to use data and research to tell the story of someone's life. Peabody is where I learned how to use data and research to reframe dangerous, racist or misinformed narratives concerning vulnerable populations. It is this ability to use data and research as a tool that is most invaluable to my work.