I am a Professor in the Counseling Psychology Program at the University of Southern Mississippi. I earned my Ph.D. from Marquette University and joined the Southern Miss faculty in 2005.
My research involves college student substance use, harm reduction, and motivational interviewing (MI). Currently I am a co-investigator on a MI and telenutrition project funded by a grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIH). Previously I was a co-investigator on SBIRT training for Mississippi Medical Students (2015-2018) a project funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and was co-principal investigator on Hub City Steps (2008-2014) a study funded by the National Institute for Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIH) evaluating an MI enhanced lifestyle intervention aimed at reducing hypertension among African American individuals.
At USM I teach graduate courses in theories of counseling and psychotherapy, treatment of substance use, research methods and supervise the psychological services provided by advanced doctoral students. My undergraduate teaching includes courses in alcohol and drug abuse, health psychology, and workshop in counseling procedures.