Current Research Topics:
HIV/AIDS: My research interests in HIV/AIDS span over 10 years of experience. Specifically, I’m interested in HIV prevention, treatment, and medication adherence for women and adolescent females of color. I’ve worked in communities such as Washington DC, Baltimore, MD, and Newark NJ with community based organizations focused on the sexual and reproductive health needs of women.
- Project THANKS: Turning HIV/AIDS Into New Knowledge for Sisters (THANKS) is an innovative and evidence-based intervention based on the conceptual framework of the socioecological model that aims to assist women in managing and improving their overall health and nutritional status when faced with complications associated with substance abuse disorders, HIV and other chronic diseases. There has been a need to focus on this in HIV+ women of color because HIV-positive substance abusers are able to live longer lives today with an overall better quality of health.
- Project DASH: (Divas Against The Spread of HIV/AIDS) I conducted a mixed-methods study to explore the relationship and communication characteristics between daughters and their HIV+ mothers, as predictors of sexual behaviors and HIV risk of the adolescent. Additionally, the study examined other key influences on mother-daughter communication; including the mother’s communication with her daughter with regard to her HIV positive status, as well as mental health related issues such as anxiety and self-efficacy.
Maternal and Child Health: My PhD in Public Health focused on Maternal and Child Health. Specifically, I examined neighborhood level disadvantage, race/ethnicity, and infant mortality in Washington DC using birth and death certificate data. For my post-doctoral fellowship I explored barriers and facilitators to family planning and reproductive health services among families enrolled in a home visitation program.
Health Disparities: My research interests are broadly framed within a health disparities and social justice framework. I approach research using the principles of community based participatory research to guide my work in communities of color as it pertains to the sexual and reproductive health of women and girls.