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    Hello, and thank you for checking out my website.

    I am a qualitative health researcher and an Assistant Professor of Public Health at William Paterson University. My scholarship focuses on meanings of health and illness, health decision-making, experiences of embodiment, and the ways in which digital technologies facilitate the creation of both identity and community around heath and illness. 

    My primary research projects explore how individuals make the decision to have bariatric surgery, pre- and post-surgical embodiment experiences, the use of digital social networks to create community and identity around bariatric surgery, and the post-operative relationship between bariatric patients and their home surgical clinics. My other research project examines how parents negotiate controversies around vaccination in making health care decisions for their families. Future research plans include an exploration of food-based health movements which see the gut (and particularly the microbiome) as the seat of health.

    My research is guided by a commitment to critical inquiry, interdisciplinarity, and health equity.