I am a clinical/community psychologist with expertise in developmental and quantitative psychology, and a substantive focus on the normative and atypical development of African American youth. My research examines how youth and families experience and navigate neighborhood and race-related stressors; risks and consequences of adolescents’ community violence exposure; and the development and course of depressive symptoms among urban and ethnic minority youth. More generally, my interests focus on how the different contexts in which youth participate support or constrain their health and wellbeing.
The overall goal of my research is to inform the development of preventive interventions that are contextually relevant for urban and ethnic minority families. My training and teaching have the shared goal of increasing students' appreciation of how different contexts shape behavior and are integral in understanding heterogeneity in adolescent and family functioning. As an instructor for community psychology and field experience courses, as well as through my work as a research mentor and clinical supervisor, I encourage students to consider the role of context in their research, community work, clinical practice, and as informed citizens and consumers of information from multiple sources.