Associate Professor of Practice
In addition to my administrative responsibilities, I teach graduate courses in program planning, management, and health systems but the breadth of my teaching goes far-wider. I have enjoyed and enthusiastically taught at the University for quite some time. I have taught undergraduate courses on many health-related topics including sexuality, substance use and abuse, women’s health, and health education methods.
I spent eight years working for the Knox County Health Department, initially as the regional epidemiologist, and then as the Director of Community Assessment and Health Promotion. Again, I loved every opportunity and experience I had there. I learned the community first-hand, how agencies, organizations and people interact and intersect, and most importantly, the complexities of life experienced by so many. I was humbled and honored to serve the county in this capacity.
Research has always been a part of my ‘repertoire’. I sought and regularly engaged in research both from within and outside the health department and continue to do so in my current position. I partner, collaborate, and initiate projects when opportunity presents. I have coordinated and contributed to community assessment and several community-based surveys. I participated on research teams that looked at homelessness, patient behavior, Inter-professional education, contraceptive practices, and the relationship between non-human family members and those with chronic diseases (current).
I have a collaborative grant with the State of Tennessee Department of Health and the Department of Food Science to maintain the Integrated Center Of Excellence for Food Safety for a multi-state region. The grant also supports the Graduate Certificate in Food Safety which is also part of my administrative and teaching responsibilities.
My passions run the gamut and that makes Public Health the perfect fit for me. I serve on a number of community Boards that focus on social issues from early childhood literacy to long-acting reversible contraception to youth leadership. I am committed to being a part of what makes our community a great place to live, grow, work, learn, worship, age, and enjoy.