I have worked with law enforcement agencies and organizations, as well as the communities that they serve, for the past seven years. I currently serve as a research psychologist for the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training (DOCJT) where I support the data collection, analysis, evaluation, and training development efforts of the Officer Resiliency Section. Prior to that, I worked as a research assistant on two DoJ Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Projects addressing the intersection between mental health and the justice system in Athens-Clarke County. I have testified as a subject matter expert on 911 telecommunicator/dispatcher duty-related stress and trauma before the Kentucky House of Representatives. I have led the data collection side of numerous consultation projects for law enforcement agencies across multiple states regarding officer morale, agency climate, and managing officer stress and trauma. I am currently collecting data for my dissertation that involves surveying patrol officers regarding perceived occupational stigma, psychological and physical wellness, and turnover/withdrawal.
B.S. Psychology - University of Houston
M.S. Psychology - University of Georgia
My research focuses on police-community relations and law enforcement officer and 911 telecommunicator/dispatcher mental health and wellness. I use participatory action research and mixed methods to address issues facing public safety front-line workers, their supervisors, agencies, and communities.