Doctoral Student, Department of Human and Organizational Development
Program: Community Research and Action
Admission Year: 2015
Before enrolling at Vanderbilt, I received a B.A. in Psychology and Political Science at Wilmington College and an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Dayton. While in Dayton, Ohio, I conducted behavioral activation research in a local homeless shelter with Dr. Roger Reeb. My experiences with this research led me to pursue a Ph.D. in Community Psychology in Peabody’s Community Research and Action program.
I currently work with Professor Beth Shinn, who is my primary research advisor. At present, my research centers around finding predictive variables that can help social service providers efficiently allocate resources to families exiting homelessness. My general research interests include (1) homelessness prevention and intervention, (2) the role of religion in social change efforts, and (3) program evaluation. After finishing the Community Research and Action program, I hope to pursue professorship and conduct community-based, mixed-methods research.