|Assistant Professor, Social Work
Executive Director, Lucille W. Gorham Intergenerational Community Center
SOCW 4203 and SOCW 6111 and Grant Writing
Research and Personal Interests:
My academic research career has been founded on the philosophy that greater understanding of the way that individuals and families interact with each other and the world around them is a key catalyst for the overall improvement of the human condition. With this in mind, I plan to undertake theory-driven, multidisciplinary research that tackles prescient concerns regarding the lives of culturally diverse families and communities.
My research areas include: Kinship care, or grandparents and other relatives raising children, management and community practice, health disparities and health promotion.
Doctor of Philosophy, Social Work
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Dissertation: Examining the kinship care experience: The Impact of social support and family resources on caregiver health, family involvement with the child welfare system, and permanence for children
Transatlantic Consortium on Early Childhood Education
Malardalen University-Vesteras, Sweden
Masters of Social Work, Aging Concentration and Management and Community Practice
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Bachelor of Social Work, Summa Cum Laude
North Carolina State University
Awards won and who awarded them to you:
Excellence in Number of Grant Awards Accepted, ECU CHE
Dissertation Research Fellow, Florida Kinship Center
Transatlantic Scholar, Transatlantic Consortium on Early Childhood Intervention
Recipient of the NC Swedish Women’s Association Scholarship
Recipient of the North Carolina Chapter National Association of Social Workers Toby Brown Scholarship.
What City, State, or Country are you originally from?
Some type of quote you live by:
Coach Vince Lombardi has provided many quotes to live by:
“The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.”
“It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up.”
“A person can be as great as he/she wants to be. If you believe in yourself and have the courage, the determination, the dedication, the competitive drive, and if you are willing to sacrifice the little things in life and pay the price for the things that are worthwhile, it can be done.”
“Perfection is not attainable. But if we chase perfection, we can catch excellence.”
Something interesting about yourself?
Fall is my favorite time of year. You can’t beat the cool weather and football.