My research interests include social identities and relationships, marginalized identities within the LGBTQ community, and empowerment of women through role models. In the STEPP Lab, I am involved in brainstorming new study ideas for our role model projects and am currently learning how to do statistical analyses with our data. Additionally, I have been helping carry out our studies in math classrooms and in our lab.
I have also been involved in a number of research projects outside of the lab. I have worked as a research assistant for Dr. Aaron Blashill in the Body Image, Sexuality, and Health lab, where we were studying skin cancer prevention and tanning attitudes and behaviors among college students. I have also worked as a bar recruiter and field interviewer for RTI International and Headway Workforce Solutions on a nationwide study of tobacco use and media use among LGBTQ young adults. Additionally, I have been interning with Dr. Heather Corliss at the Center for Sexuality and Sexual Health and have been working on Project Respeqt, which is exploring multilevel protective factors for LGB youth in North America. Currently, I am co-authoring a paper on the chosen labels and identities among LGBTQ youth. In addition, I am assisting with a resources paper by coding the environmental inventory of resources for LGBTQ youth in Massachusetts, Minnesota, and British Columbia. I plan to send out a proposal for a paper to analyze the bisexual participants’ quotes in our interview transcripts for experiences of stigma as well as support.
BA, San Diego State University (Sociology, Minor in Counseling and Social Change)