I am gay and I am a health sciences researcher. /
I’m an associate professor at the University of Tennessee College of Nursing. My research program focuses on non-pharmacological interventions for symptom management and caregiver support in Alzheimer’s disease and dementia care. This focus includes an exploration of the psychosocial impacts of dementia caregiving in an effort to develop person- and family-centered intervention strategies to alleviate caregiver strain. My research examines family quality of life in dementia and issues related to caregiving, including the use of social media as part of the family caregiving experience, as well as the unique needs of the LGBTQ+ caregiver population. I am a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America, as well as an active member of the International Dementia Scholars Collaborative, the International Family Nursing Association, the Kappa Omicron Nu honor society, and the Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society.