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About Me

Welcome to my personal website. The views and opinions expressed here are my own.

I am a health equity researcher. I study the political economy of health and public policy to look for “what works” in reducing health inequities and protecting community health. I am a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Research Scholar and Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work at The University of Texas at Arlington. I have a PhD in Public Policy and Political Economy and a Master of Public Policy from The University of Texas at Dallas, Master of Science in Social Work from The University of Texas at Arlington, and a Bachelor of Science in Social Work from Texas Christian University.

My current research focuses on the intersection of political, economic, and social contexts of immigrants and other marginalized groups in the U.S. I study the ways that institutions influence health to develop multi-level, innovative, and common sense approaches for community health improvement. In the past, I practiced social work with homeless and runaway youth, families at risk of child abuse, and immigrant and refugee communities. I also oversaw various federally-funded community-based participatory research (CBPR) projects focused on women’s health.

As an educator, I teach graduate and undergraduate courses in social research methods, immigration and health policy, and community-based practice. If you’re interested in learning more about these topics, check out this online learning experience called a “Teach-Out” which is designed to help you have a well-informed conversation about these topics:

Let’s Talk About It: A Health and Immigration Teach-Out

https://www.coursera.org/learn/lets-talk-about-it-a-health-and-immigration-teach-out

You will usually find me with a warm cup of coffee in my hands.