Academic Bio

I am a sixth-year PhD student in the Critical Social/Personality Psychology program at the CUNY Graduate Center, where I am also completing a Certificate in Women’s Studies. I received a BMus in flute performance from the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College and taught music for 10 years before returning to graduate school.  I have recently published a qualitative study that examines music as site of political engagement, community-building, and collaborative personal and social transformation within an activist street band.  My current work deals with our understandings of health and the body, and my next research study will utilize mixed methods to look at the rising phenomena of unexplained medical symptoms and ambiguous diagnoses such as chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia, understandings of and explanations for this phenomena within the medical community, and the lived experience of people who have these symptoms and diagnoses.
 I believe that a full understanding of both qualitative and quantitative methods are necessary to document injustice and resistance, as well as to advocate for social, political, and economic change, which I consider to be my primary goals as a researcher.  Towards this end, in addition to completing qualitative courses in fieldwork, interviewing, content analysis, narrative analysis, and visual research, I have also completed statistics courses in linear models, structural equation modeling, hierarchical liner modeling, categorical data analysis, and consulting. I am a quantitative consultant for the Bernard van Leer Foundation, where I analyze data  on the material environment, health, and violence in international households with young children.  As part of this work, I served as the project manager for the 2013 Statistical Institute for Early Childhood Development and Children’s Rights at the CUNY Graduate Center.  I have also been a consultant for College Access: Research and Action, where I assisted with creating evaluation materials and analyzing data from the College Bridge program, which places peer coaches in NYC public schools to assist and support students through the college transition process.
As a product of NYC’s public education system and an advocate for accessible, quality public education, I am proud to be a Quantitative Reasoning Fellow at Borough of Manhattan Community College, where I work with professors across disciplines to integrate the development of mathematical reasoning skills into coursework.  I teach statistics at Brooklyn College, as well as music theory for young musicians at Queens College.