The focus on my research centers on how environmental and contextual factors (such as policy or economic conditions) influence chronic disease-related behaviors, such as tobacco use and eating. My work is currently focused on three areas: the role sleep plays in development of obesity and how policy could promote healthful sleep; policy and interventions that can promote tobacco-free lifestyles in populations that face disadvantage; and commercial cigarette marketing in American Indian communities. I also study military veteran health issues, such as food access, tobacco use cessation, and sleep patterns.
Associate Professor, Epidemiology and Community Health
MPC Primary Research Areas