What I do
My primary research interests focus on health behaviors among socioeconomically disadvantaged populations and on the barriers to their care. I am particularly interested in how disadvantaged populations interact with the U.S. health care system in both the private and public health domains. Much of my work has been concerned with exploring not only individuals’ experiences with the health care system, but also potential solutions for improving care. My work also includes research on the psychosocial and cultural consequences of community trauma.
I believe strongly in, and am actively engaged with, the translation, dissemination, and implementation of social scientific methods, theory, and practice. I have served on the Board of Directors of the Association for Applied and Clinical Sociology, an international organization dedicated to advancing sociological application and practice both within and beyond academia, since 2012 and am currently President Elect. I am also the Co-Director of the Qualitative Research Consortium at DU and previously directed the Qualitative Research Methods Forum, an inter-institutional forum for health researchers in Colorado and beyond. I have extensive experience with a variety of qualitative research methods as well as expertise in mixed methodological research design, and have directed qualitative data collection and analysis on multiple implementation studies in addition to serving as the PI or Co-PI on numerous grants of my own.
public health; minority health; mental health; social inequality; poverty; sociology
- Ph.D., Sociology, New York University, 2004
- Association for Applied and Clinical Sociology
- American Sociological Association
- American Public Health Association
- Sociology Outside the Academy: Non-Academic Career Patterns and Implications for Sociological Training
- Planning Palliative Care for Homeless Veterans Who Are at the End of Life
- Impact of Victim Offender Dialogue on Victims of Serious Crimes: A Longitudinal Cohort-Control Study
- Interdisciplinary Research Leaders Fellowship Award, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
- Instructional Development Award, University of Denver, Joseph I. Moreland Fund for Information Literacy
- Editorial Board, Journal of Applied Social Science