My research interests center on promotion of health and well-being among children and families. My doctoral research focused on developing an intervention for middle school children to improve physical activity and health. This program of study has set the framework for further examination of methods to improve health outcomes for this vulnerable age group and find reliable methods for reversing the trend toward childhood obesity. I have worked as a pediatric nurse in inpatient, critical care, and community settings for over 20 years, and I feel my scholarship and experience has prepared me well for future contributions to this field of study. I have observed the challenges that children and families have in staying healthy together, and I see the need a voice and advocate to speak to approaches to wellness that are not just proven but realistic for busy families to take on. I am committed to furthering research efforts to improve the quality of life for children and families.
I am very interested in developing an interprofessional center for improving health care care for LGBT and questioning youth and young adults.