I am passionate about public health and currently serve in multiple leadership roles, enabling me to work with students, researchers and policy makers to advance the field of injury prevention.
What is your hometown, state/province and country?
What is your undergraduate degree major, minor and location?
Regents Bachelor of Arts, West Virginia University
A native of Philadelphia, I also earned my Bachelor degree and MPH in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from WVU. My research, supervised by Dr. Ian Rockett, examines how child welfare policy impacts the risk for child maltreatment re-report and recurrence. As a complement to my dissertation research, I work as a graduate research assistant for the WVU Injury Control Research Center. In this role, I am a research contributor for the development of injury resource guides for the state of West Virginia. I also serve as co-editor of the Injury Prevention News. I am passionate about public health and currently serve in multiple leadership roles, which enables me to work with students, researchers and policy makers to advance the field of injury prevention. I am the President of the Gamma Mu Chapter of Delta Omega and also the Student co-chair and Student Liaison for the Injury Control and Emergency Health Services (ICEHS) section of the American Public Health Association (APHA). Outside of my academic interests, I am also an accomplished violinist and avid traveler. I also am mother to two beautiful girls, Olivia and Sydney, both of whom have already become young public health advocates!
Why did you choose WVU?
I came to WVU as an undergraduate because I was impressed with the programs offered in STEM. I stayed because of the Mountaineer community.
What does Public Health mean to you?
Now, more than ever, public health represents equality and hope. Our champions look beyond their differences to ensure that opportunities for health and wellness are evenly distributed. I am proud to stand beside them.
What do you plan to do upon completion of your degree?
I plan to continue working in the field of injury prevention, preferably in an academic setting.
Can you talk about your involvement with Delta Omega?
I began my involvement with Delta Omega as a graduate student. I was very active in our chapter and even participated in the first Gamma Mu poster competition. I was immediately impressed by the service opportunities and the commitment of the leadership. One of our greatest successes was to attract the attention of WVU President E. Gordon Gee, who recognized the work and accomplishments of our leadership on a larger scale.