Welcome! I am a social scientist based in Tallahassee, Florida. I earned my doctorate in Sociology at Florida State University and currently work as a data scientist for Knowli Data Science. Through my work with Knowli and in collaboration with Florida State University, I aim to improve how we use data to inform decisions within organizations and institutions.
My academic research examines how early life experiences, statuses, and resources shape health and well-being over the life course. Recent work, such as my dissertation, shines a light on the pathways through which early-life circumstances shape future health and well-being. These three papers explore the interconnections between early life environments (family, school, neighborhood), psychological resilience, and health across early adulthood.
Another line of inquiry within my research is how ableism stratifies educational opportunity. For example, Dr. John Reynolds and I found that likely due to social stigmas, middle and high school students with learning disabilities experienced more social isolation than their peers. These inequalities accounted for about a quarter of the high school graduation gap between students with learning disabilities and those without disabilities. We concluded that these social inequalities are important places in which we can intervene to bolster the social and educational experiences of students with learning disabilities.
In my work with Knowli Data Science, I've collaborated with organizations to 1) start leveraging empirical data in their decision-making process; and 2) improve the systems through which they can interpret these data. I've gained tremendous experience collaborating with a diverse set of organizations, including government agencies on the local and state level, hospital systems, and local nonprofits.