About Me

I am a behavioral scientist who conducts community-engaged research focused on the dissemination and implementation of evidence-based strategies for the promotion of health behaviors in youth and adults. I also conduct epidemiological research examining the behavioral determinants of obesity, cardiometabolic health and related comorbidities. I am especially passionate about eliminating health disparities so everyone can live a healthy and fulfilling life regardless of their race, ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic status or geography. 

I am actively engaged in global health research, and I regularly serve as a visiting scholar at Wuhan University in Wuhan, Hubei, China. I have published more than 100 peer-reviewed articles and have received more than $2 million in funding from the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the de Beaumont Foundation and others for my research as a lead investigator. 

Education Program Involvement

Integrative Physiology and Pharmacology PhD 
Program Research Interest: Drug and Alcohol Abuse, Cardiovascular Physiology and Hypertension, Regenerative Medicine, Neuro- and Behavioral Pharmacology, Cancer Therapeutics Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism Lifespan Physiology.