I grew up in Tennessee, and I received my B.S. in Psychology from Middle Tennessee State University and my M.A. and Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from East Tennessee State University. My research and teaching interests lie at the intersections of social and health psychology. In particular, my research focuses on the ways that various forms of stigma impact the mental and physical health of minorities, with special interest given to the LGBTQ+ community. My current lines of research use quantitative and qualitative data to explore: (1) bisexual microaggressions and quality of life, (2) LGBTQ+ health care and social support access, and (3) LGBTQ+ individuals’ experience of structural stigma in the current political climate. Within the classroom, I aim to bring focus to the way that sociocultural factors influence not only our attitudes and behaviors, but also our mental and physical well-being, as well as our perception of the world. My goal is to help students to connect psychological concepts with their real world experiences.
Regularly Taught Courses:
- PSYC 101: Introduction to Psychology
- PSYC 256: Health Psychology