Before coming to Peabody, I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, Spanish, and Linguistic Anthropology from Brandeis University and a Masters of Arts in Teaching from Boston University. I was a high school English teacher for five years and the advisor of the school’s Gay-Straight Alliance. I also led a Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR) project at the school with a group of students who wanted to examine racism, sexism, heterosexism, and other forms of discrimination at the school.
Here in Nashville, my research interests, therefore, center around the school as a site for prosocial development, especially for queer and otherwise marginalized students. My primary research assistantship is with Dr. David Diehl, who is exploring various aspects of students’ high school experiences. I am also currently working with Dr. Carol Nixon to evaluate curricular programs in high school English Language Arts classrooms intended to foster social-emotional learning and to design, implement, and evaluate teacher-training programs that empower teachers to intervene and advocate for their queer students. Additionally, I am a research assistant for Dr. Emily Tanner-Smith at the Peabody Research Institute, assisting in the creation of a meta-meta-analysis of universal interventions for youth.