I am a fifth-year student in the SDSU/UCSD Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, specializing in Behavioral Medicine. My research interests include psychosocial and sociocultural aspects of cardiovascular disease and diabetes in immigrant and refugee populations. Originally from Georgia, I received a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Georgia and have lived and worked in Guatemala, India, and the Pacific Islands. Previous to my doctoral work, I held positions as a social worker for victims of trauma and abuse, a research coordinator at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, and a Psychosocial Support and Evaluation Intern at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Washington, DC. My current research involves an exploration of the relationships between psychosocial factors and cardiometabolic risk in the Sociocultural Ancillary Study of the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos (HCHS/SOL) under the guidance of Dr. Linda Gallo, and a study of psychosocial, behavioral, and neighborhood environment risk factors for diabetes in migrants and deportees along the U.S.-Mexico border. My clinical work in mental health has involved assisting with cultural adaptation of psychoeducation programs for the East African refugee community in San Diego and psychotherapy practicum placements in both San Diego and Tijuana, Mexico. I am concurrently pursuing a Master’s in Public Health with a concentration in Epidemiology through the Graduate School of Public Health at San Diego State University.
Current Research Project(s):
Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos (HCHS/SOL)
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