I am a first year doctoral student at the Graduate School of Social Work. I received my MSW and BSW from the University of Nevada, Reno where I focused on policy change and implementation, particularly in juvenile justice. After completing my MSW I worked as a school social worker on a federal grant providing services to students and families with histories of trauma. Most recently I worked at an inpatient behavioral health hospital in assessment and referral. My direct practice experience influenced my interest in studying homelessness and how stigma affects people experiencing homelessness at all levels of the ecological system. I'm currently working on some very exciting projects with the Center for Housing and Homelessness Research including the evaluation of Denver's first tiny home community.
My Research Interests
- Housing and homelessness
- Marginalized populations
- Civic and community engagement
- Public policy