I am a Postdoctoral Fellow at Duke University, funded by T32 AG000029-41 through the Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development. As a postdoctoral fellow, I work under the mentorship of Dr. Matthew Dupre in the Department of Population Health Sciences. I completed my Ph.D. in Biobehavioral Health, with a minor in Demography, from Penn State University. My research examines the intersections of race, gender, and socioeconomic status (SES) in producing health disparities in older adults. I am also interested in the socioeconomic and psychosocial mechanisms responsible for such disparities, particularly the role that stress has in contributing to disparities across the life-span.
In my dissertation, I used data from the nationally-representative Health and Retirement Study to examine how the interaction of race, gender, and SES led to differences in a stress-related biomarker, C-reactive protein (CRP), and the potential role that acute and chronic exposures to discrimination played in the associations. This work has been presented at scientific meetings, including the Annual Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America.
Prior to earning my Ph.D., I received a bachelor’s degree in both gerontology and public health from the University of South Florida.