As a health services researcher, my agenda focuses on health behaviors and the characteristics of
disparities in chronic diseases and disease management among minority and vulnerable
populations. I have realized that the development of healthy lifestyles often begins at infancy and
continues through the stages of life (i.e. infancy, childhood, adolescence, early adulthood,
adulthood, and older adult), thus it is crucial to understand health differences across the lifespan.
In an attempt to better explain the multiple determinants associated with a specific condition, my
research agenda integrates a life course approach to the study of chronic diseases and contributes
to the advancement of my expertise in the field. Several chronic conditions have been linked, in
part, to fetal environment, which include the following: hypertension, type 2 diabetes, asthma,
prostate cancer, obesity, cognition, and stroke.
Introduction to Health Systems, Organizational Behavior, Human Resource Management, Health Education & Behavior, Health Planning & Evaluation, and Research Methods
PhD,Health Services Policy and Management, University of South Carolina; MS, Public Health, Des Moines University Medical Center; MHA, Health Administration, Des Moines University Medical Center; BS, South Carolina State University