Postdoctoral Research, Yale University, 2010, Public Health
Ph.D., Arizona State University, 2010, Social Psychology
M.A., Arizona State University, 2008, Social Psychology
B.A., University of Connecticut, 2003, Psychology
Areas of Expertise
- Social norms and peer influences on health
- Stigma and health outcomes
- Health promotion interventions
- Alcohol use and addiction
My second line of research focuses on improving interventions to reduce young adult's alcohol use. This includes producing a better understanding of the mechanisms through which interventions bring about behavior change by testing the efficacy of individual active ingredients. I also seek to differentiate the factors that are important for initiating versus maintaining behavior change.
In a third line of research, I examine influences of stigma on health outcomes. This research includes consideration of individual's experiences with discrimination and structural forms of stigma (e.g., residential segregation, community attitudes). With collaborators, I have examined how discrimination negatively impacts maternal and child health (e.g., low birth weight, pregnancy weight gain) and how structural stigma reduces the efficacy of interventions for improving health.
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