As a researcher, registered nurse, and lactation consultant, I am extremely passionate about improving breastfeeding rates in the African American community. My research is centered on the intersection of race, gender, family dynamics, life course, and breastfeeding. The long-term goal of my program of research is to reduce infant feeding disparities in the African American community, increase workforce diversity in the field of breastfeeding and lactation and develop culturally-informed breastfeeding interventions to improve infant feeding education and breastfeeding initiation and duration. My career goals include cultivating a program of research aimed at improving the health equity and well-being of African American women and their families and to become a leading NIH-funded lactation researcher and maternal and child health advocate.
Honors and Awards
National First Food Racial Equity Cohort, Center for Social Inclusion, 2016
Trainee Travel Award, International Society for Research in Human Milk and Lactation (ISRHML), 2015
Meritorious Service Award, UCSF Nursing Alumni, 2014
Emerging Leader Award, UCSF Sigma Theta Tau, Alpha Eta Chapter, 2014
Alpha Eta Chapter Research Award, UCSF Sigma Theta Tau, 2013
Maternal Child Health (MCH) Student Fellow, American Public Health Association, MCH Section, 2012
Individual National Research Service Award (NRSA), National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR), 2011-2014
Paul Ambrose Scholar, Association for Prevention Teaching and Research (APTR), 2010
Albert Schweitzer Fellowship, Bay Area Albert Schweitzer Fellows Program, 2008
BSN, 2003 - Nursing, University of Southern California
Infant Feeding Decision-Making and the Influences of Social Support Persons Among First-Time African American Mothers.
Barriers to Human Milk Feeding at Discharge of Very-Low-Birth-Weight Infants: Maternal Goal Setting as a Key Social Factor.
Barriers to Human Milk Feeding at Discharge of Very Low-Birthweight Infants: Evaluation of Neighborhood Structural Factors.
Llife Course Perspective