I am a behavioral scientist and adult nurse practitioner with expertise in helping patients and their health care providers have better discussions with the goal of improving patient decision-making. I have a passion for working with patients who have been diagnosed with, or are at high risk for the development of, tobacco-related cancers. In addition to my research focused on communication and decision-making, my research also works to decrease the stigma associated with tobacco-related cancers. I am the Director of the Tobacco Cessation Research Program at Memorial Sloan Kettering in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences and work with a team of colleagues dedicated to promoting smoking cessation, improving patient-provider communication in complex cancer screening decisions, decreasing stigma, and decreasing health disparities among cancer patients and individuals at risk for tobacco-related cancers.
I also co-lead the Health Behavior Change & Cancer Risk Reduction Laboratory examining psychological and behavioral factors in cancer prevention and early detection. My research focuses on the development of innovative methods for improving decision making and supporting both patients and providers to engage in more meaningful discussions that ultimately have the potential to improve patient outcomes. I serve on many academic and national committees aimed at improving cancer prevention, early detection and decreasing inequities in care.
Outside of the office, I enjoy traveling, comedy, and salsa dancing.
Postdoctoral Fellowship in Behavioral Oncology, Indiana University, 2015
Recent awards and honors
- Oncology Nursing Society Victoria Mock New Investigator Award (2019)
- Fellow, American Academy of Nursing (2018)
- Protégé Award, Friends of the National Institute for Nursing Research (2018)
- Distinguished Alumni Fellow, University of Louisville (2018)
Department and Service
- Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
- Behavioral Sciences Service