What is your role in the School?
I am an Assistant Clinical Professor on the Tulsa campus.
Have you always lived in Oklahoma? Or, are you a transplant? Tell us more!
I was born in Kansas, but moved to Brazil with my family when I was 3 years old. I moved to Oklahoma for my undergraduate education and have stayed here ever since.
Where did you go to school?
Bachelors in Theology and Ministry from Southern Nazarene University (Bethany, OK) and MSW from OU-Tulsa.
What are some of your favorite places you’ve worked, work you’ve done?
I've spent the majority of my clinical career working in forensic and outpatient settings. I am known to wax poetic about my experiences at the Phoenix Rising Alternative School. I also have fond memories from working with the excellent team at Daybreak Family Services.
Why do you like working at OU?
I love teaching and am humbled to play a role in the education of some amazing new social workers.
What motivated you to pursue your area of research?
Most of my research is pedagogical with a focus on the development of clinical skills in my students. The simulation lab is providing some exciting opportunities to explore new ways of teaching everything from Motivational Interviewing to suicide assessment and treatment
What is your favorite thing about social work – or what surprised you about social work?
I love the manner in which social workers can promote positive change in society from micro level clinical work to mezzo and macro level leadership and advocacy.
Do you have any hobbies? Please tell us about one?
If I'm honest, my favorite hobby is to unwind with at good video game. I also enjoy cycling.
Tell us an interesting fact about yourself that few people know or that would surprise people?
I used to be a drummer in a world beat band.