I am a "full-stack" public health professional who enjoys developing compassionate, effective, scalable, and sustainable approaches that lead to improvements in individual well-being and that enable all people to lead rewarding and fulfilled lives. My work builds on more than 18 years of experience as a psychiatric epidemiologist and health informatics professional working across sectors to expand the research infrastructure needed to address the many complex challenges associated with the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and management of the mental disorders in the rural US. In addition to epidemiology and public mental health, my areas of research expertise include biostatistics, community-based participatory research, mixed methods research design, psychometrics, program evaluation, and, systems design and evaluation in health informatics.
PH 534 Introduction to Health Informatics (Fall)
PH 995 Integrated Learning Experience (Spring)
I am a health disparities researcher working at the intersection of population-based behavioral health and health informatics within a community-based participatory research framework. My research interests focus on finding effective informatics strategies that lead to increased public health capacity to address disparities in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and recovery from the mental disorders in rural, underserved populations. I am particularly interested in community-engaged research that i) is grounded in trusted, mutually beneficial institutional and community relationships, ii) addresses a well-defined public health need that iii) represents a waypoint on a developmental path to finding effective, affordable, and sustainable solutions, and, iv) leads to increases in system capacity while improving the mental health and well-being of individuals and communities.
Specific research interests correspond to one or more of three intersecting, but thematically distinct, areas of application:
1. Digital health interventions using mobile devices for consumer engagement in lifestyle choices and mental health
2. Use of real-world data, analytics, and health information and communication technologies to address gaps in rural behavioral health services
3. Innovative approaches to training and education in data science and health informatics for indigenous and rural healthcare workforce development
In order to measure and demonstrate impact, my research draws upon both quantitative and qualitative methods that are fit-to-purpose for a specific problem within a specific context at each stage of the investigative process. A distinguishing feature of this research is the application of mixed methods research designs, and, health information and communication technology as core components of a community-engaged approach to the identification and improvement of behavioral health disparities.
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
NLM Research Fellowship in Health Sciences Informatics
Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health
PhD in Psychiatric Epidemiology
MHS in Mental Health
Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
MA in Counseling Psychology
Oral Roberts University
BA in Psychology