2010 MS Sociology, Brigham Young University
2014 MPH Health Behavior and Health Promotion, University of Arizona
2018 DrPH Public Health Policy and Management, University of Arizona
I work at the Az Center for Rural Health. My research interests include evaluating substance misuse policies and treatment services. I use theory-driven evaluation and integrative scholarship to evaluate a program’s implementation, outcomes, as well as the assumptions that influence how the problem is framed and what antecedent conditions are targeted for change. I currently assist in evaluating state-funded efforts to promote access to opioid use disorder, medication-assisted treatment, and address rural workforce provider shortages. I previously worked at the Arizona Smokers’ Helpline and maintain interest in tobacco cessation services, tobacco harm reduction, and electronic cigarette policies.
In future projects, I hope to review the role of shared decision-making in addiction treatment, differentiate harm reduction and abstinence goal setting in treatment models, and examine how a public health approach to addiction, which accounts for social-environmental determinants, may challenge important assumptions in the addiction-as-chronic-disease paradigm.