Assistant Professor
Psychology The HAMMER Lab University of Kentucky Lexington, KY


Research Interests:

I do what is called "help seeking research." My program of research aspires to increase the accessibility and cultural competence of the services we provide as scientists and practitioners. The long-term goal of this research is to collaborate interprofessionally with students and colleagues to identify the most important psychosocial (e.g., stigma), material (e.g., insurance), and contextual (e.g., race) factors that influence help-seeking behavior. This knowledge will be used to improve upon existing (and build new) theoretical models that offer more accurate prediction of help seeking behavior for various presenting concerns (e.g., depression, diabetes) by individuals from different cultural groups and underserved populations. Better theoretical models help guide the creation of evidence-based programs and interventions that are effective at increasing help-seeking, thereby helping to close what is known as the “treatment gap” (e.g., only 30% of people who need psychological help actually receive that help; Thornicroft, 2007).

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Iowa State University, Ph.D.
University of Missouri, M.Ed.
University of Illinois Urbana–Champaign, B.S.
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