I am currently an Assistant Professor and Extension Health and Wellness Specialist in the Department of Family, Youth, and Community Sciences at the University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. 

I previously worked as a postdoctoral associate at STEM Translational Communication Center and postdoctoral associate in the Food Science and Human Nutrition Department at the University of Florida. My research explores the social and environmental determinants of food choice and health behaviors among diverse populations. My current research funded by the National Cancer Institute uses a community-engaged approach to develop a culturally tailored nutrition risk module for colorectal cancer prevention.

My research interests include food environments, food advertising, chronic disease prevention, using theory to inform health behavior change, instrument development, CBPR, health equity, qualitative and quantitative methods.  

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