PhD, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2004
MA, University of Maryland, College Park, 1998
My primary research interest is in understanding the developmental pathways that lead to adverse outcomes among urban African Americans. By utilizing a life course perspective, my emphasis is on the tasks required for successful transition between the developmental stages from childhood to adulthood.
My current program of research has three primary areas:
(1) understanding the natural history of substance use among urban African Americans;
(2) elucidating the association of drug use and delinquent/criminal behavior over the life course; and
(3) investigating the consequences of substance use and crime on role functioning, health, and families.
An additional focus of all of my work is on understanding differences for men in women in these areas, and the prevention implications of my research.
Much of my research has utilized data from the Chicago-based Woodlawn Study, a prospective, longitudinal study of drug use and crime that has followed urban African Americans from age 6 to age 42. I have also been working extensively with the Prevention Intervention Research Center sample, a Baltimore-based intervention program that has followed individuals from first grade to adulthood.
Honors and Awards
1993-1995 Dean’s List, College of William and Mary
1994 Member, Psi Chi, National Honor Society in Psychology
1995 Graduated Cum Laude, College of William and Mary
1998 Member, Kappa Delta Pi, National Honor Society in Education
2000-2004 Department of Health Policy and Management Academic Scholarship
2001 Honors on Departmental Comprehensive Exam
2004 Member, Delta Omega, National Honor Society in Public Health
2005, 2006 Ad-Hoc Reviewer, Society for Prevention Research
2005-2006 Ad-Hoc Reviewer, Journal of Marriage and the Family 2006-present Editorial Board, Journal of Marriage and the Family