Associate Professor of Social Work and Associate Dean of Research and Faculty Development
Room: 313 Social Work Building
Phone: (713) 743-8672
My research focuses on ensuring a successful transition to adulthood for marginalized young people. I am particularly interested in the transition to young adulthood for youth with mental disorders who face additional challenges including homelessness and involvement in foster care or the juvenile justice system. This interest has led to me investigate where, when, and what type of services can most effectively support these young people as they navigate both developmental and institutional transitions.
My interest in mental health services stems from a decade of practice experience working with children, youth, and adults across the continuum of care from school outreach to the maximum security unit of a state mental hospital. My interest in adolescent mental health began in Houston through my work doing street outreach with Youth Advocates, Inc. and Communities in Schools. My practice experience informs both my teaching and research and has fueled my desire to ensure that my research is relevant to social work practitioners.
PhD, Philosophy in Social Work, Washington University, St. Louis, MO, 2012
MSW, Graduate College of Social Work, University of Houston, Houston, TX, 1998
BA, Rice University, Houston, TX, 1994
Licenses and Certifications
Licensed Clinical Social Worker – State of Texas
- Research and Knowledge Building in Social Work Practice
- Clinical Applications of the DSM