I am currently working on a Ph.D. in Health and Behavioral Sciences at U of CO-Denver, but my BA and MA are in cultural anthropology. My research interests are injection drug users (especially women injectors), hepatitis C and HIV infection, the social context of drug use, and the Caribbean. I am currently working at the Harm Reuction Project with homeless female injectors in Denver, CO, and studying the environmental and structural factors that influence the social context of risk for drug injecting. I also work for Denver Public Health on the National HIV Behavioral Surveillance project, where I interview IDUs and high-risk heterosexuals about their HIV risk behaviors. I have also spent a fair amount of time living and doing research on the Carribean island of Dominica, WI, where I studied perceptions of risk about alcohol and marijuana use in a rural village.
In my free time I enjoy running, swimming, hiking, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, traveling, and exploring the beautiful Colorado Rockies.
Area(s) of Training
applied anthropology, cultural anthropology, ethnography, medical anthropology, public health
Area(s) of Expertise
Medical anthropology, IDUs, public health, hep C/ HIV, harm reduction