MS in Human and Community Development at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2009)
BS in Psychology at Indiana University (2007)
Advisor: Jennifer Hardesty
Professional/Research Interests: Domestic violence and affluent families, communities, youth (children and adolescents) exposure to domestic violence, feminist theory, mixed methods and qualitative research
Assistantships held as a Graduate Student at Illinois: I have worked on several projects, including The Make It! Project (NICHD grant), Co-Parenting Project, Child Custody Evaluation Project, and Healthy Pets Project. I am currently the instructor for HDFS 340: Gender, Relationships, and Society, and I have been a Teaching Assistant for HDFS 120: Introduction to Family Studies, HDFS 405 Socialization and Development, and HDFS 340 Gender, Relationships, and Society. I was a Graduate Student Intern for the Family Resiliency Resource Center.
What I like best about Illinois: It offers a lot to do for graduate students considering its size! There are many local restaurant, fun bars, two different farmer's markets, and live entertainment to keep us busy when we aren't doing grad work. Also, Champaign-Urbana is a progressive community in close proximity to Chicago, St. Louis, and Indianapolis.
As an HCD graduate student I love that the students offer a lot of support for one another. There are also lots of opportunities for learning, whether through internships, teaching, conducting research, or editing manuscripts. I feel that everyone in the department is friendly, supportive, and encouraging. Because HDFS is not a very large department, there is a sense that everyone knows each other and their interests.
I chose Illinois because of the HCD department's prestige and its multidisciplinary approach to research and teaching. You are encouraged to collaborate amongst the faculty in the department and also across departments. This flexibility was really important to me.
Hometown: Marietta, Georgia
Hobbies: Hiking, exercising and playing sports, cooking for friends, eating sushi and Thai food, painting, and game nights
Fun Fact: I studied abroad in Florence, Italy for 6 months and traveled throughout Europe