I am a PhD Candidate at the University of Pennsylvania. My scholarship focuses on the intersection of disability, immigration, and inequity with implications for child health providers. I earned a dual BS and BA in International Relations and Biology at Tufts University in 2015. At the University of Pennsylvania, I completed BSN clinical training in 2018 and an AM in statistics and data science in 2022. The Hillman Scholars Program and Institute of Education Sciences Fellowship have significantly contributed to my growth as a scientist and educator. I expect to graduate with a doctoral degree in 2024 and enter an academic position.
I am excited by the triangulation of nursing practice, research, and teaching to promote child mental health equity. In collaboration with PolicyLab at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, my dissertation seeks to understand mechanisms that underpin mental health disparities in Latinx children. My master’s thesis investigated the effect of prenatal social stressors on developmental outcomes in a cohort of Chinese children. I maintain a nursing practice in Philadelphia, supporting young children and their families.
In other projects, I have partnered with clinicians at CHOP to improve nursing care for autistic children or provide community-based process assessments. I am also the principal investigator of a qualitative study on healthcare access in immigrant families. I support interdisciplinary colleagues with methodological consultation and clinical expertise. I regularly lecture on pediatric mental health, nursing ethics, and global issues at Penn Nursing. The National Institute of Mental Health funds my dissertation, and the Hillman Scholars of Nursing Innovation, the US Department of Education, the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, and the Maternal and Child Health Bureau have supported other projects.