Gender and sexuality, intersectionality, health equity
I am passionate about utilizing research as a tool to understand and address social problems, particularly those facing diverse LGBTQ+ populations such as immigrants, Latinx persons, and transgender and gender non-conforming individuals. More specifically, my research is focused on health equity and understanding factors which influence health-seeking behaviors and health outcomes. I am particularly interested in sexual health, diagnoses tied to sex assigned at birth (e.g. gynecological cancers, prostate cancer), inclusive sexual education and health promotion, and factors such as self-efficacy, sense of community, communication, and prior experiences in healthcare settings. As a community psychologist by training, I often utilize community-based and participatory methods in my work.
I teach courses in both psychology and gender, sexuality, and women’s studies at Union. I’m interested in teaching tied to gender and sexuality (Psychology of Gender, LGBTQ+ Studies, Human Sexuality, Global Perspectives on Queerness), multicultural psychology, health psychology, community psychology, and social psychology.