Education: B.S.in Psychology/Sociology, Southwest Baptist University (2000), MSW, Missouri State University (2002), Ph.D. in Social Work, Florida State University (2009)
Research Interests: Transition Services for Youth with Disabilities, Experiential Learning, Community-Based Participatory Research
I received my undergraduate degree from Southwest Baptist University with a double major in Psychology and Sociology and then went on to Missouri State University to complete a two-year full- time MSW with a focus on Family Health. I worked as a service-coordinator for the Missouri Department of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities and then took a job as a school social worker for the Willard School District in southwest Missouri. After completing the requirements for a clinical license, I began the PhD program at Florida State University and graduated in the summer of 2008. I accepted a position as an assistant professor in the school of social work at the University of Oklahoma and have been teaching Generalist Practice courses for undergraduate and graduate students, working with the practicum program, and teaching electives. In July 2014 I accepted the position of Undergraduate Program Coordinator and look forward to the challenges and opportunities of this new position. I have collaborated with outstanding faculty from across the university on funded projects and publications. One very exciting project I facilitated early in my tenure with OU was the GirlPower Photovoice Project. This project was funded through an INBRE Seed Grant and this campus/community collaboration has led to one peer-reviewed article, a peer-reviewed book chapter, and several national presentations. I am working closely with faculty in the College of Education on a project funded through the Faculty Challenge grant program. We have surveyed special education students across the state of Oklahoma for three years to assess the impact of technology training on the students’ self-determination and post-school plans. I have also supported the work of the Southern Plains Indian Adult Protection Team to analyze data collected through a Delphi Study assessing the factors that contribute to elder abuse among the tribes of the Southern Plains. We currently have one manuscript under review and have presented the findings at multiple national conferences. Two years ago, I joined the efforts of a new interprofessional collaboration at the Health Sciences Center to bring interprofessional education to that campus. Our work is funded through the Wisdom Family Foundation and we have two years of funding to bring together students from all the disciplines at HSC as well as social work students from Norman campus to learn to provide care in interprofessional teams.