RWJF Health & Society Scholar:
Area(s) of Expertise:
Psychiatric Epidemiology, Neuroimmunology, Endocrine Disorders, Aging
My research interests are three-fold: (1) To understand the interface between behavior and biology in order to integrate social, psychological and biological approaches to understanding health and illness over the life course, (2) To explore the multiple pathways linking psychiatric and medical comorbidity, particularly chronic conditions such as diabetes, and (3) To inform interventions which reflect an integrative approach to health to effectively reduce the burden of mental disorders. I completed my doctoral training in psychiatric epidemiology from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health in 2007. From 2004 – 2007, I was the Project Coordinator for the Baltimore Epidemiologic Catchment Area Study 23-year follow-up, where I became interested in the social, physiological, and behavioral factors that impact mental health and disorders over the lifespan. During my fellowship with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholars program at The University of Michigan, I became an active participant in the Social Neuroscience of Health Disparities (SNOHD) workgroup lead by Dr. James Jackson as part of the Center for Integrative Approaches to Health Disparities. One of the goals of this workgroup is to investigate the social, psychological, and biological mechanisms underlying differences in mental and physical health disparities across racial/ethnic groups.