DrPH, University of California, Los Angeles, 1995
MA, University of Miami, 1987
My research focuses on the social contexts of adolescent health, with particular emphasis on schools and families. I am using social network measures and methods to explore how the social structure of schools influences adolescent health risk behaviors and mental health. I am also interested in cross-cultural research on parent-adolescent relationships, particularly how to define and measure relationship qualities such as connection and behavioral regulation across cultures.
I also carry out community-based participatory research and evaluation in East Baltimore focused on implementing and evaluating strategies to ensure the health of young people as they transition to adulthood.
Honors and Awards
2002–2007 Faculty Scholars Award William T. Grant Foundation
1996 Dorothy S. Thomas Award Awarded by the Population Association of America for best student paper
1994 University of California Dissertation Year Fellowship
1992 UCLA Alumni Distinguished Scholar Award Awarded for academic achievement and community service
1991 Charles M. Wacker Memorial Fellowship Awarded for humanism in health care
1989–1992 Fred H. Bixby Population Fellowship Awarded for doctoral studies in population dynamics