My primary responsibility for the Department of Population Science and Policy is to assist in research aimed at improving health outcomes in central and southern Illinois.
I grew up in Kankakee, Illinois, and moved to Carbondale following my enlistment in the US Navy. I hold an associate’s degree in nursing from John A. Logan College (1997), a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Southern Illinois University (2014) and a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling (2018), also from Southern Illinois University. Before joining SIU School of Medicine, I worked as an RN in multiple clinical settings, including physical-medical rehabilitation, medical-surgical, and brain and spinal cord rehabilitation. My interests in research include health disparities in rural areas and community and preventative health services.