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I grew up on a small farm near Bloomington, Indiana and completed my undergraduate studies in psychology and biology at Indiana University. At IU, I became interested in the study of substance use disorders among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) populations. This occurred as a result of my diverse employment experiences working as both a bartender and as a laboratory technician in Peter Finn’s Biobehavioral Alcohol Research Lab. After graduation and realizing that my true passion involved research, I went on to earn my MA and PhD at The University of Montana; I studied under an amazing mentor, Bryan Cochran, who provided me with the support, freedom, and intellectual stimulation I needed to develop as a clinical scientist. As a graduate student, I also developed some very important collaborative relationships with my peers, especially Annesa FlentjeNicholas Livingston, and Daniel Dewey. There are highs and lows (and more lows than highs) associated with the scientific process, and having great friends who join you for the ride makes it all the more worthwhile!

After defending my dissertation, my partner and I moved to Charleston, SC, where I completed my predoctoral internship at the Charleston Consortium. There I acquired additional clinical training in the assessment and treatment of PTSD, adolescent substance use disorders, and the assessment of Autism Spectrum Disorder. In conjunction with my internship preceptor, Daniel Smith, I also conducted research related to the dissemination of empirically-supported treatments for PTSD among children and adolescents. After internship, I completed a one-year postdoctoral fellowship at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University; there I received advanced training in biobehavioral interventions for HIV with Larry Brown. Now as an Assistant Professor at Marquette, I am continuing to build and expand my program of research focused on LGBTQ health. I am thrilled to be doing this within a vibrant environment among colleagues who celebrate diversity and are passionate about science! Despite the cold weather, I’ve also fallen in love with Milwaukee.

Also, in my spare time I enjoy coffee, golf, volleyball, reading, painting, and trivia. I have one cat, Booger, whose battle with obesity (here; page iv, para 3 andhere; page v, para 4)and intellectual contributions (here) are well documented.

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