I have been a faculty member and led the School Social Work Licensure program at the PSU School of Social Work since 2016.
My research agenda is informed by more than a decade of practice experience in schools and community settings, including working as a para-educator for special needs students, delivering psycho-educational parenting interventions, and administering district-wide programing for students experiencing homelessness.
My overall goal is to support the academic and behavioral development of children and youth. The bulk of my current work is focused on supporting a successful transition out of high school and into college or the workforce for students who do not earn a high school diploma in four years. This includes dropouts, as well as a previously unexplored population—persisters—who are still enrolled, but do not earn a diploma four years after their first-freshmen year.
I enjoy getting outside to enjoy the forests and rivers, gardening, and building stuff.