I received my Ph.D. in Sociology from Virginia Tech. My research focuses on school violence, including bullying and school shootings, as well as sexual assault and intimate partner violence among college students. My work has been published in journals such as the Journal of School Violence, Violence against Women, Deviant Behavior, Journal of Crime and Justice, the American Journal of Criminal Justice, and Children and Youth Services Review.
My current research projects focus on victimization and resilience among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) college students, the association between victimization and drug use, as well as intimate partner violence and sexual assault in rural contexts. My overall research agenda has direct implications for improving responses to students’ victimization at multiple types of educational institutions.
My teaching interests include Research Methods; Data Analysis; Victimology; Violent Crime; Violence Prevention; Quantitative Research Design; Conflict Resolution; and School Violence.