Chicago | Associate Professor, Clinical Mental Health Counseling
I value active learning and critical thinking in the classroom. I believe discussion, application of content, and experiential activities are essential to learning. My overarching goals in teaching are to promote multicultural competence, awareness of contextual and environmental issues, critical analysis, self-reflective thought, and movement toward actions that promote social justice. I particularly enjoy helping students extend their learning beyond the classroom by thinking through and engaging in action toward social justice at the local or national level.
My primary academic and research interests are in multicultural competence, community engagement, stigma, and substance use. I have engaged in advocacy, community organizing, and policy work related to mental health justice, drug policy, and harm reduction for people who use drugs. I have also engaged in international work focused on HIV/AIDS and stigma of developmental disabilities in Tanzania. I was drawn to Adler University due to the emphasis on social justice and community engagement.
Located in the heart of the city, the Chicago Campus was designed to provide and inspire the learning and living experience. To that end, we have created an environment that caters to your mental, emotional, and intellectual growth. Our classrooms are bright and spacious with windows to the outside world and the latest technology. In our Library, you will find every resource you need to research, form, and shape your journey. At Adler University, we have more than enough room to share your thoughts and flex your intellect.