I am a doctoral candidate of Sociology at Florida State University. My research examines how early life experiences, statuses, and resources shape health and well-being over the life course.
My research primarily shines a light on the pathways through which early-life circumstances shape future health and well-being, including childhood socioeconomic (dis)advantage, education, and disability. My current work explores the intersections of 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 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.
I also have experience conducting research in applied settings. Before pursuing my PhD, I managed the Campus Recreation Employability Study, a longitudinal study aimed to gauge the employment outcomes of student-employees within campus recreation programs across 30 colleges and universities. I currently work as a data analyst for Knowli Data Science.