I am very happy and excited to join the Department of Social Work at Augsburg. I have a deep respect for our profession and I look forward to teaching the next generation of social workers at Augsburg. My work experiences include clinical practice at a psychiatric crisis house, family preservation programs, community mental health centers, and private practice with individual adults and couples. As a community-based researcher, I focus on the relationships between churches and marginalized populations including LGBT communities and ethnic minority communities. My recently completed dissertation research was on the phenomenon of LGBT affirming Black Churches and their responses to the HIV/AIDS crisis in Black America.
At Augsburg, I primarily teach in the Multicultural Clinical Practice concentration of the MSW degree. However, I look forward to teaching and advising students in both the BSW and MSW program. For hobbies, I enjoy cooking, exploring new places, sketching, and spending time with good friends.
- B. A. The Catholic University of America
- M. S. W. University of Kentucky
- Ph. D. Boston University
Current Research Interests
- LGBT affirming Black churches: their theology and pastoral care practices
- Homophobia in the Black Community
- Psychosexual health of Black and other ethnically marginalized LGBT individuals
- The epidemic of HIV/AIDS in the Black Community
- The roles of their religious institutions in perpetuating or dismantling homophobia.