The overall goals of my research agenda are to

(a) Study the epidemiologic determinants of mental health and medical comorbidity over the life course and

(b) Inform interventions, in both clinical and community settings, that use this insight to address health disparities and mitigate the consequence of poor mental health and psychiatric illness.

My professional goals include overseeing a program of independent research at an academic institution focused on three aims:

  • Identify the biological and behavioral pathways by which environmental and social context contribute to mental health;
  • Determine shared environmental and social risk factors for psychiatric and physiological disorders, particularly chronic conditions like diabetes and;
  • Test whether targeting the build environment and social determinants of health can reduce health disparities in psychiatric conditions across the life course.


Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2017

M.P.H., University of Michigan, 2013

B.A., Hope College, 2009