College of Health and Human Sciences
School of Health Sciences
I have a doctorate in public health and an MA and BS in sociology from East Tennessee State University and have been teaching courses at two universities for the past five years. During both my masters and doctoral programs, I was fortunate enough to serve as a teaching associate and instructor of record for numerous courses in public health and sociology at East Tennessee State University (ETSU) and Northeast State Community College. As stated in my research interests, I have a strong passion for various areas of end-of-life healthcare. My initial focus was on legalized physician-assisted death, but over the last four years my interest expanded to improving various areas of end-of-life healthcare. I am currently working on several publications from data collected as part of my dissertation research on end-of-life healthcare in Tennessee.
My teaching interests include a variety of public health courses, research methods, data analysis, healthy behaviors, death and dying, and thanatology. I have also taught numerous sociology courses including social problems and social statistics. I am currently teaching the following courses: Principles of Clinical Education, Research Methods in Health Sciences, Nutrition, Fitness, and Wellness, and Senior Capstone. I am also teaching Thanatology for East Tennessee State University.
I have a passion for end-of-life healthcare, policy, aging, and access to expanded end-of-life options for all, and for the last eight years I have researched these areas. My initial focus was on legalized physician-assisted death, but over the last four years my interest has expanded to improving various areas of end-of-life including the aging population, the use of advance directives, increased caregiver support, and required end-of-life training in all medical schools.