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 would like to know more about my work.  In short, I am an social work professor whose research, teaching, and practice interests focus on strength’s based methods and positive psychology theories.

My educational credentials include the Ph.D. in Social Work from the University of Texas at Arlington, the M.S.W. from Delaware State University, the M.Ed. from Wilmington College, and the 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 areas of crisis intervention, mental health, family violence, and military social work.

My research interests focus on 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 biological statement, curriculum vitae, and research pages in this site.  

PERSONAL: I am married to an amazing man named Matt and have two precious children.  We live in Monument, Colorado with our third "child," a wonderful yellow Lab named Tor.  If you would like to know more about my personal interests please see the personal photo page of this site.