I am a social science researcher with over 20 years of experience. I focus on the development, integration, and evaluation of community-based theory-informed behavioral interventions to promote health and prevent disease among multiethnic underserved groups with low literacy skills.
I have conducted numerous mixed method intervention studies related to obesity, diabetes, cancer, and food safety. I am Founding Director of the Community-Engaged Research Program (CERP) at the Commonwealth Honors College and have served as lead evaluator of a large CDC-funded community transformation grant. I am currently PI for an international Research Development Fund grant focusing on maternal health literacy.