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 sustained interest in understanding how individuals’ experiences, family context, and neighborhood environment influence their health in low-income countries. During graduate school, I became involved in a longitudinal project, Tsogolo la Thanzi, in Balaka, Malawi (designed by Jenny Trinitapoli and Sara Yeatman). I collected my dissertation data in Malawi, and continue to use the rich, longitudinal data the study produced. During my postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Michigan, I have developed collaborative ties with the Chitwan Valley Family Study through my mentors, Bill Axinn and Dirgha Ghimire, and look forward to expanding my work to this context.
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.