leveraging scientific discoveries to Improve child & family well-being
Building on THe strength of the human-animal bond
For over two and a half decades, I have collaborated with university-based research teams and non-profit organizations to more rapidly translate scientific findings to practice to improve child mental health and family well-being.
From conducting background research, to writing clinical trial recruitment materials, developing website content, editing and co-authoring manuscripts, and coordinating/writing/ editing NIH grant applications (R21, R01, R03, P20, P30, P50), I have completed a wide variety of critical communications and research administration tasks.
In 2020, I decided to merge my two decades of experience in child mental health research and the design and delivery of evidence-based care ~ with my passion for and appreciation of the strength of the human-animal bond. In the Fall of 2020, I started coursework toward my master's degree in social work at Cleveland State University, with a focus on leveraging the human-animal bond in the delivery of services to children and their families. I was also recently accepted into the University of Tennessee Veterinary Social Work certificate program, a unique certification for professionals who work at the intersection of human and animal relationships. I am looking forward to working with my colleagues in the veterinary social work space to improve child and family well-being!
Some of my favorite furry family friends ......
Equine Therapy Research
International Association of Veterinary Social Workers
I am honored to have been recently appointed to IAVSW's Board of Directors!