- PhD in Social Work & Social Research, Portland State University
- MA in Elementary Education, Washington State University - Vancouver
- BA in Human Development, Washington State University - Vancouver
I arrived at PSU in the fall of 2010 as a doctoral student, and worked as a graduate research assistant in the Regional Research Institute for Human Services on a project investigating the effects of an intervention supporting self-determination in foster youth aging out of the child welfare system.
My primary role as an instructor is focused on teaching and service. I enjoy working with students, and I've found that many of them have had a non-traditional educational path like my own (as returning students and/or first-generation college students).
My research and publications have focused on the experiences of foster youth aging out of care and first-generation students in social work and child and family studies.
I love reading, writing, and seeing the world through the lens of a camera. I also enjoy walking our very energetic dog, hiking, and occasionally, running.
Our family was formed through kinship care and foster care and adoption, so my partner and I have many young adults in our lives and have a fairly expansive notion of what constitutes "family." We are fortunate to be surrounded by family and friends in the NW, and spend as much time as we can with them.