I am from Lawrenceville, Georgia. I completed my bachelor’s degree at Kennesaw State University in Exercise and Health Science. I came to USC as a Masters student in the Department of Exercise Science to complete an MPH in Physical Activity and Public Health. I chose to stay at USC for my PhD because I had a great experience as a Master's student! I built a strong social network in Columbia by participating in student groups on campus and becoming involved in my community off campus. I also made a connection with an epidemiology professor that I wanted to work with as a doctorate student. Staying at USC was one the best choices I ever made. The epidemiology department is very supportive of students and the professors genuinely want to help and see students succeed. I have had the opportunity to teach, do research, work at the department of health, and participate in fellowship opportunities.
My research interests include physical activity, chronic disease epidemiology, environmental influences of health, health policy, and social determinants of health.
My dissertation involves food insecurity and health behaviors of youth and young adults with diabetes.