PhD, University of Amsterdam, 2016
BS, Cornell University, 2011
MPH, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2008
MSW, University of Maryland, 2008
My overall area of interest is in behavior change interventions, particularly the process of adapting and evaluating evidence-based interventions for use among indigenous populations. Currently I am involved in two primary areas of study with White Mountain Apache adolescents: 1) suicide and self-injury, and 2) risk reduction for sexually transmitted infection and HIV/AIDS. In the first area, I am studying the risk and protective factors for youth suicide and piloting two adapted evidence-based interventions for prevention of suicide among youth who have made a recent suicide attempt. I also work on a case control study of binge drinking and drug use as a form of intentional self-injury. In the second area I am leading a multi-level investigation including a formative qualitative study to understand risk and contextual factors in the prevention of STIs/HIV and the promotion of sexual health. This study helped inform the design and implementation of a large, cluster RCT of an adapted evidence-based intervention HIV risk reduction. We are also piloting the use of self-administered sample collection for STI screening to address endemic rates, access barriers and increase uptake in rural, underserved communities.