I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. My personal and professional experiences have led to an increased interest in interventions to improve health and chronic disease related outcomes. My academic training, research experience and clinical practice have provided me with a strong background in nutrition and dietary intake methodology. In addition to my experience in graduate school managing large projects and clinical research trials focused on improving health-related outcomes, during my postdoctoral fellowship at Georgetown/Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center in the Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities, I was involved in numerous exercise interventions, such as an intervention to improve dietary intake and exercise habits of breast cancer survivors. Currently I am working with Dr. Erin Hager to examine differences in individual-level teacher and student school wellness leadership practices (classroom practices, personal role-modeling, leadership/advocacy) among diverse schools across Maryland. As a registered dietitian and nutrition scientist, my experiences have led to an increased interest in the field of lifestyle interventions to reduce chronicdisease outcomes among high-risk populations.
Building upon Dr. Erin Hager’s ongoing childhood obesity research study, I am examining teacher-level health-related outcomes within schools participating in her study. Our long term goal is to develop or disseminate an intervention to enhance teacher wellness as a means to improve the overall culture of wellness in schools.