I graduated from Indiana University in 2017 with a BS in Human Biology and a minor in Anthropology. Upon graduation, I served as an AmeriCorps VISTA and served low income communities to decrease the hunger gap in greater Indianapolis. This experience piqued my interest in the relationship between food insecurity and child health and widened my knowledge on existing social inequalities in America.
As a PhD student, I will continue my work on food insecurity, child developmental outcomes and the utilization and implementation of federal nutrition programs (i.e., The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, The National School Lunch Program, The At-Risk Afterschool Meals Program) in Tuscaloosa. Additionally, I will explore community perceptions of such programs, individual stigma-related experiences due to enrollment and how instances of stigma impact overall well-being.