I am broadly interest in psychosocial health and well-being in high-level athletes. Within this realm, my research has two foci: (1) resilience and adversarial growth to sport stressors for high-level athletes, and (2) body image and disordered body change behaviors in high-level athletes. I have employed both quantitative and qualitative methods to answer questions in each area.
- Ph.D., Exercise and Sport Science (Psychosocial Aspects of Sport), University of Utah. Project: Stress-Related Growth in Collegiate Athletes: A Mixed-Methods Investigation
- M.S., Sport Studies, Miami University (OH). Project: "Bouncing Back" From Adversity: An Examination of Resilience in High-Level Athletes
- B.A., Psychology, Sacramento State University
- Certified Consultant-Association for Applied Sport Psychology, N/A, N/A
- Higher Education Teaching Specialist, Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence, University of Utah
I am currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health, Kinesiology, and Recreation at the U, and in this role teach undergraduate and graduate courses on health behavior change, community-based prevention, and stress managament. My research interests focus on the psychosocial health and well-being of competitive athletes, with particular interests in the areas of body image, disordered eating, resilience, and personal growth from adversity. Since 2008 I have published more than 15 scholarly journal articles and delivered over 20 presentations in these areas.