About Me

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I am a research scientist for the Sibling Aggression and Abuse Research and Advocacy Initiative (SAARA) at the Crimes against Children Research Center, University of New Hampshire. I completed my PhD in Sociology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 2022.

I study families, parenting, mental health, and sexuality, with a focus on the well-being of children and adolescents. Most of my projects involve statistical analysis of survey data, but I also collaborate on mixed methods projects.

My work has been published in the Journal of Marriage and Family, Gender & Society, and Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health.

In my dissertation, Parents as School Supplies: How Support from Mothers and Fathers Contributes to Inequality in College, I examined how the range of support college students report receiving from their mothers and fathers varies by gender, social class, and race/ethnicity. I considered, in turn, how different types of parental support affect degree completion.

I have ongoing collaborative research projects in three areas: (1) sibling dynamics; (2) the support college students give to and get from their families; and (3) social networks, academic success, and well-being in law school.