I joined the Department of Sociology at LSU in the fall of 2015, after completing an NICHD postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Texas at Austin that same year and a PhD in Sociology at The Ohio State University in 2012. My research combines interests in health and illness, family demography, and quantitative methods. My recent projects have considered: the implications of educational attainment and race/ethnicity for associations between marital status and change in body weight from adolescence to young adulthood; differences in health and well-being between men and women in same-sex and different-sex couples; and the implications of Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder for parental happiness and strain in young adulthood. My current projects are investigating: sociodemographic variation in associations between the transition to parenthood and change in substance use; and the implications of chronic mental health conditions emerging early in the life course for family strain throughout adulthood. I employ rigorous quantitative methods in my research, including fixed-effects and between-within regression modeling, multilevel modeling, event history/survival analysis, and dyadic data analysis. My research has been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals, including Journal of Marriage and Family, The Journals of Gerontology, Journal of Family Issues, Population Research and Policy Review, and The Sociology Quarterly. I enjoy teaching courses in my areas of expertise, and since arriving at LSU have taught undergraduate courses in family sociology and medical sociology, as well as graduate courses in event history analysis and longitudinal data analysis.
PhD: The Ohio State University (2012)