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Research Interests

My program of research seeks to improve health by increasing access to healthcare, particularly mental health care. This kind of research is often called “help-seeking,” “health services,” or “health care seeking/utilization” research.

Curriculum Vitae


Born and raised in the Chicago suburbs, I went on to complete my Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Master’s of Education in Counseling Psychology at the University of Missouri, and PhD in Counseling Psychology at Iowa State University. Prior to starting my faculty position at the University of Kentucky, I completed an APA-Accredited Predoctoral Psychology Internship at the University of Maryland Counseling Center. I joined UK as faculty in 2015.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Iowa State University


Master of Education, University Of Missouri- Columbia



  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • Help-seeking
  • Treatment access
  • Health services
  • Health care utilization
  • BF Psychology
  • Theory of Planned Behaviors
  • Integrated Behavioral Model
  • Theory of Reasoned Action
  • Integrated Behavioral Model of Mental Health Help Seeking
  • Survey Research
  • Scale Development
  • Factor Analysis


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