My primary research interests are focused on developing and evaluating interventions to improve quality of life and psychosocial functioning among cancer patients and survivors. I am particularly interested in working with medically underserved communities and in efforts to address disparities in cancer care and outcomes. Currently, I work with Drs. Betina Yanez and David Cella on evaluating evidence-based interventions for oncology patients that utilize technology platforms and aim to reduce symptom burden, promote health-related quality of life, and improve treatment adherence.
2017 – PhD, University of Miami, Clinical Health Psychology
2012 – MS, Saint Joseph’s University, Experimental Psychology
My research focuses on developing and evaluating psychosocial interventions for cancer survivors with the goal of promoting optimal psychosocial functioning and improving quality of life. As part of this research, I am interested in assessing the mechanisms through which interventions affect psychological and biological outcomes. Further, I aim to extend the reach of evidence-based resources via technology-based platforms to minimize patient burden.
My research interest focuses on evaluating cognitive outcomes following treatment for refractory epilepsy. Two common treatments for drug-resistant epilepsy are resection and chronic deep-brain stimulation. I investigate memory performance, following each of these treatments to determine how each treatment affects hippocampal-dependent memory processing.
2017 – PhD, University of California, Davis, Human Development
2014 – MS, University of California, Davis, Child Development
2008 – BA, University of Pennsylvania, Biological Basis of Behavior, Psychology
In my research with Prof. Joel Voss, I use noninvasive neurostimulation to test the putative roles of large-scale brain networks for executive function, with a focus on language comprehension and semantic and episodic memory networks. We assess these outcomes via a multidimensional approach, examining effects of varying stimulation parameters on fMRI network connectivity, EEG and ERP correlates of executive function, and eye-tracking and behavioral outcomes in young and older adults. The goal of this research is to not only enhance our understanding of the neural underpinnings of these functions, but also to inform future therapeutic intervention in cognitively impaired populations.
2018 – PhD, Indiana University, Mass Communications
2014 – MA, Indiana University, Telecommunications
My background in mass communications and public health. Generally speaking, my research interests involve the intersection of sexual and gender minority (SGM) health, multimedia technology, and social media. As a postdoctoral fellow on the NUCATS Multidisciplinary Training Program in Child and Adolescent Health (TL1) my overall objective is to explore the relationship between smoking habits and cessation efforts and body image among sexual and gender minority adolescents. This research will be used to inform a technology and multimedia-based intervention to aid in tobacco use prevention and cessation efforts in SGM youth.
2016 – PhD, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health, Behavioral Sciences
2011 – MPH, UTHealth School of Public Health, Health Promotion/Health Education
Broadly, I am interested in promoting the sexual health of adolescents and young adults. My research specifically focuses on the use of digital technologies (eHealth, mHealth) for HIV/STI prevention among young sexual minority men. There remains a dearth of rigorously evaluated eHealth interventions being used in public health practice despite tremendous potential for impact and continued investment in the development of new programs. Thus, my goals are to better understand the socioecological challenges to adoption and implementation of eHealth programs and to help identify methods and strategies that can support their scale out and sustainment.
My research interest focuses on systemic inflammation and immunology among sexual and gender minorities. My goal is to increase understanding of why and how inflammation is elevated among this population, particularly in the context of HIV and immunosuppression. Beyond this, I am interested in developing a better understanding of HIV transmission networks, marijuana use, and PrEP use among SGM populations.
2011 – BA, Hope College, Psychology (Magna Cum Laude)
My primary research interests are focused on developing, evaluating, and implementing mHealth interventions to improve psychosocial functioning and health behaviors among cancer patients and survivors – particularly in adolescents and young adults (AYA). I am also interested in examining cognitive, physiological, and biological mechanisms of mind-body and psychosocial interventions in this population.
2017 - PhD, Corvinus University of Budapest (Hungary)
2010 - MA, Eötvös Loránd University (Hungary)
In my earlier work I utilized advanced network methods to study racial and ethnic identity formation, its consequences on interpersonal tie-formation and relational integration among school kids. More recently my interest turned towards network science and disparities in HIV. I hope to contribute to the analysis of ego-centric networks that is essential in understanding the social mechanisms through which HIV-spread operates.
2018 – PhD, University of Maryland, College Park, Counseling Psychology
2018 – Internship, University of Pennsylvania Counseling and Psychological Services
2015 – MS, University of Maryland, College Park, Counseling Psychology
2011 – MA, Teachers College, Columbia University, Psychology in Education
2010 – BA, University of Michigan, Psychology
My program of research focuses on psychosocial functioning of sexual minorities, specifically the impact of experiences of stigma and discrimination on identity development and mental health. I am particularly interested in intersectional experiences of individuals with multiple marginalized identities (e.g., sexual minority people of color). I am also interested in basic affective and cognitive processes related to sexual health, including those that contribute to risk for HIV and other sexually transmitted infections, among young men who have sex with men in relationships.
2018- PhD, University of Toronto, Cognitive Neuroscience
2014- MA., University of Toronto, Cognitive Neuroscience
2012- BA, McMaster University, Psychology and Neuroscience
My research interests focus on investigating the brain regions involved in learning and memory. Using a combination of behavioural, neuroimaging, and neurostimulation approaches, my research aims to gain a better understanding of complex human memory.