I grew up in a small town in Virginia, and completed my undergraduate studies at Virginia Tech. As an undergraduate, I lived briefly in South Africa, where I developed my interest in understanding how individuals’ experiences, family context, and neighborhood environment influence their health in low-income countries. During my time as a graduate student at Penn State, I began doing research in Malawi, and continue to do so today. During my postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Michigan, I developed collaborative ties with the Chitwan Valley Family Study in Nepal.
After several years in Pennsylvania and a quick stop in Michigan, my family is enjoying the steady stream of sunshine that Southern California offers. My spouse, Brendan, also gets to work closely with the Trojan Family. He is a mental health provider working in private practice on the edge of campus.