I earned PhD and Masters degrees in Health Education/Health Behavior from The University of Texas at Austin (UT) and completed my postdoctoral training at Cornell University in Behavioral Economics. I have a B.S. in Exercise and Sport Science from Texas Tech University, hold an American College of Sports Medicine Health Fitness Instructor certification, and completed a Plant-Based Nutrition Certification through Cornell. Most recently, I became a Certified Professional Life Coach through the Life Coaching Institute of America (an International Coaching Federation (ICF) approved program) and a member of the Institute of Coaching of McLean Hospital, a Harvard Medical School affiliate.
I serve as a Senior Research Program Coordinator & Assistant Professor of Instruction at UT, as well as a Contributing Faculty member and Doctoral Mentor at Walden University.
With over 20 years of experience in the health/wellness field, I bring a unique perspective given my background in industry, healthcare, and academia.
I currently reside in Austin, TX (aka my soul city) and spend my time reading (about 1.5 pages in bed each night before I fall asleep), laughing (I am easily amused), listening (to music, podcasts, and people!), and connecting (with nature, myself, loved ones, and strangers).
My preferred activities include running, walking, biking, swimming, boxing, and yoga-ing. I also enjoy playing the piano, loving on my little dog (Lulu), expressing my creativity (check out some of the photos on my website), and my volunteer work with the Travis County Correctional Complex and Divine Canines.