I’m originally from Quakertown PA, I moved here in the early nineties after graduating from Penn State with an M.Ed in Counseling.  The majority of my career was spent in various roles, from counselor to director, focusing on addiction counseling.  I remained active in many volunteer positions while my daughters were young.  Returning to work in 2008, I became involved in heath behavior studies while working in diabetes prevention researchI’ve enjoyed joining Dr. Levine’s group in 2017, this combination of career changes has exposed me to new areas of focus, while still allowing me to use my counseling degree. 

Research interests: Health behavior research. I find it encouraging that even small healthy lifestyle changes can result in significant improvements in a person’s overall health.

Fun fact: I grew up on a horse farm and learned to ride at a young age.  As I got older I spent more of my time riding a bike and soon after moving to Pittsburgh I met my husband on a 100 mile bike ride.  Now with two teenage daughters, we still ride together and our daughter’s occasionally join us, but we don’t ride nearly as far.