Her research focuses on the relationship between social context and adolescent health, with a particular emphasis on understanding how parents and families can help prevent HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and unplanned pregnancies among marginalized youth aged 10-24 years old. Within this area, she focuses on (1) heterosexual Latino and African American youth, who are disproportionately affected by STIs and unplanned pregnancies, and (2) Latino and African American youth who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer (LGBTQ), with a special emphasis on young cisgender men and transgender women, who carry the highest global burdens of HIV.
PhD, Social Work, Columbia University School of Social Work, 2009
MPhil, Social Work, Columbia University School of Social Work, 2009
MSSW, Social Work, Columbia University School of Social Work, 2004
BA, Women's Studies, University of California at Berkeley, 1996