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 setting, 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 works closely with USC students. He is a mental health provider working in private practice on the edge of campus.