My education includes a doctorate degree in medical sociology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology from the University of Las Vegas, Nevada. My academic research background includes supervisor at UAB’s Institute of Social Research during the Army Depot at Anniston Project, and research team leader at the U.S. Army Aeromedical Research Laboratory.
I am a full-time lecturer for the department of sociology at Nevada State College. My teaching responsibilities include courses on principles of sociology, sociology of health, social stratification, sex and social arrangements, sociology of death and dying, and introduction to research methods. In this capacity, I mentored students to develop their secondary data analysis of the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention’s Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance Survey for undergraduate publication. I currently serve as faculty advisor to the Nevada State College Sociology Club and the Nevada State College Rotaract Club. I have 13 scholarly journal publications including papers in Social Forces, American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, Pimatiwisin, Youth & Society, Child Psychiatry & Human Development, and Housing, Care and Support. I have also served as a statistical consultant for University Medical Center trauma department, Southern Nevada Health District and the University of Nevada Las Vegas School of Community Health Sciences to investigate motorcycle crash injury, laparoscopic cholecystectomy, pediatric drowning and near drowning, injury for the state of Nevada, diabetes training and food assistance programs for American Indians, and access to health care for Hispanics in Las Vegas.