I am a faculty member in the Human Development and Family Sciences department and the Population Research Center at the University of Texas. I think the teenage years are the most interesting phase of life. Learning who you are and what you want to be — how thrilling, for young people and for the adults that care about them! My research explores multiple aspects of development in adolescence, but with most of my focus on sexuality, schools and family relationships for vulnerable youth.
Much of my research is guided by a commitment to create social change to support healthy adolescent development. I am most proud of my research that has been used to shape local and state policies and laws for school safety, and my most rewarding work is with trainees: I work with an amazing group of postdoctoral scholars, graduate and undergraduate students, and I find supporting their development and learning from them to be the most satisfying part of my job.