I have worked on issues of social justice in healthcare settings since 1999. In San Francisco I worked for the Haight Ashbury Free Clinics, Inc., Oshun Center, a drop in center for homeless women and children. At AWARE, a hospital-based agency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital (BJH) in St. Louis, I developed the first program in the area to serve Bosnian women experiencing intimate partner violence (IPV). At the BJH Center for Diversity and Cultural Competence I developed a curriculum and a strategic plan to deliver cultural competence education to nearly 10,000 employees. I also led the Center’s quality improvement efforts focused on health literacy and health equity. In 2007 I joined Washington University Brown School of Social Work as an Adjunct Faculty and taught courses on social justice, IPV and women’s issues. In 2008 I received the Excellence in Teaching Award and have been nominated for the award four times. I intend to conduct intervention research that includes the testing of practice models, description of change processes and application of tested practice models with new populations (Giligan and Sands, 2012). I am specifically interested in interventions informed by intersectionality, relational theories and the intentional examination of power, privilege and oppression.
Interventions to eliminate healthcare/health disparities; implicit bias and healthcare; intimate partner violence and health; social justice education; program evaluation; evidence-based practices
- MSW, Washington University in St. Louis
- BA in Psychology, University of Nevada at Reno
Mailing AddressThe University of Texas
School of Social Work
1925 San Jacinto Blvd
Austin, TX 78712-0358