I am an associate professor in and associate director for scientific outreach of the Center for Dissemination and Implementation Science (CDIS), an interdisciplinary research center focused on the processes that promote or inhibit the adoption of evidence-based and empirically-supported interventions in real-life settings in the US and globally. CDIS is housed in the College of Medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Formerly, I was an associate research professor in and associate director of The Methodology Center, an interdisciplinary research center in the College of Health and Human Development at Penn State. Take a look around to learn about my research and teaching! My work focuses on developing advanced statistical methods for research on the prevention and treatment of risky behaviors. I am particularly interested in the development of substance use and comorbid behaviors like gambling and sexual risk-taking.
a brief history
I received my B.S. in mathematics and applied statistics from the University of Michigan – Dearborn in 2000. After attending graduate school at the University of Michigan for a year and a half, I transferred to Penn State to work with Linda Collins in The Methodology Center. During my time as a student, I received my M.S. in human development and family studies in 2005, my M.A.S. in applied statistics in 2006, and my Ph.D. in human development and family studies in 2007.
After graduating, I stayed in The Methodology Center as a research associate for two years, and then joined the faculty of the Psychology Department at Virginia Tech in 2009. After three years, I took a leave of absence and returned to The Methodology Center to do research in 2012. After a highly productive and stimulating year, I decided to stay at The Methodology Center as research faculty in 2013 until 2019, when I moved to my current position.