Associate Professor | Community Health and Human Services
- EB 204
Teaching is both an art and a science. I try to use reflective practice in my teaching and incorporate my professional experience into practical applications in the classroom. I enjoy seeing students grow both personally and professionally and strive to mentor that process.
My research interests include adolescent and college student behaviors related to physical activity, nutrition and weight concerns; initiatives that support K-12 school wellness policies and practices; and women's health issues.
Service to the health education and health promotion profession is an important obligation to me. I have served as a board member of ASAHPERD and the Southern District of SHAPE America, which promotes the important work that school health educators and physical educators do everyday. I also serve on several sub-committees of SHAPE America, which serve the interests of health educators. I also volunteer my time as a member of the State Obesity Task Force and the Jefferson County Health Action Partnership. I have also volunteered time and served the YMCA, and Jones Valley Teaching Farms.
Away from academia, I enjoy spending time with family and friends. I love to travel and also enjoy gardening, hiking and anything active and outdoors. I am an avid runner and teach group exercise at the UAB Recreation Center and YMCA.