Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Studies, Iowa State University

I apply principles of community-based participatory research to develop partnerships with communities and study contemporary issues in family health and well-being. My primary research agenda focuses on marriage and intimate relationships. Building on my expertise as a relationship scholar, I am also developing proficiency in the study of Type-2 diabetes, thereby constituting a secondary area of research. The focus of my descriptive research is to understand meanings that adults and adolescents attach to their lived experiences and examine nuanced behaviors and attitudes. The focus of my applied research is to translate this understanding into innovative, culturally-sensitive prevention and intervention programming that addresses 21st century challenges and enhances health and well-being. I employ mixed and qualitative approaches in research investigations and use developmental, ecological, and life course theories to guide my work.

Experience

  • –present
    Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Studies, Iowa State University