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I graduated with my PhD from the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work in August 2013. My dissertation project was a mixed methods study on the social environment of non-suicidal self-injury among LGBTQ youth. My overall research interests include LGBTQ youth risk and resilience, positive youth development, health equity, social justice education, and anti-oppressive practice.
I have a passion for community-engaged research and have collaborated with community partners including Rainbow Alley, the Colorado Anti-Violence Program, and Colorado Trans on Campus to support research by and for LGBTIQ communities.
As an adjunct faculty at DU's Graduate School of Social Work, I have taught courses on intimate partner violence, multicultural social work, and community practice. I also co-designed and co-taught undergraduate courses on digital storytelling as a tool for social change for students involved in DU's Social Justice Living and Learning Community. With a strong background in social justice education, I have facilitated numerous trainings on power, privilege, and oppression in non-profit, university, and government settings.
Additionally, I currently work with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) where I manage a federally-funded demonstration project aimed at improving the quality of care provided to youth at school-based health centers. In this role, I collaborate with a multi-state team to develop, implement, and evaluate quality improvement processes. My position at CDPHE allows me to promote changes to health systems in order to improve access to and quality of care for youth who receive Medicaid and CHP+.