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Designed for people interested in learning more about my professional endeavors, this site will tell you what you want to know about who I am and what I do.   

PROFESSIONAL: If you are reading this website it is likely that you’re interested in knowing more about my work.  In short, I am an social work professor whose research and practice interests focus on strength’s based methods and positive psychology theories.

My educational credentials include a Ph.D. in social work from the University of Texas at Arlington, a M.S.W. from Delaware State University, a M.Ed. from Wilmington College, and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Delaware.  I also hold the L.C.S.W. credential in both Tennessee and Texas. 

Currently, I am an Associate Professor at the University of Memphis, Department of Social Work.  Prior to joining academia, I worked as an a clinical social worker in the crisis intervention, mental health, and family violence arenas.

My research interests focus on forensic social work as related to gender, trauma, and violence.  Specifically, I’m working on projects that empirically increase understanding about trauma reactions, violent crimes, and interpersonal violence.  If you would like to know more about my research interests and accomplishments, please see the vita and research pages in this site.  

PERSONAL: I am married to a wonderful man named Matt.  We live in Cordova, Tennessee with our dog, an amazing yellow Lab.  If you would like to know more about my personal interests please see the family photo page of this site.