Associate Professor, School of Social Work
Preferred: (408) 924-5845
Mondays by appointment
- Doctor of Philosophy, University of California Berkeley, 2006
- Master of Social Work, San Jose State University, 2001
- Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Literature, University of California Santa Cruz, 1997
I am interested in the experiences of children and youth living in complex families. Most recently, my research has examined predictors of family reunification among Mexican and Vietnamese immigrant children involved in the child welfare system.
In addition, in partnership with SJSU colleagues and community partners, I co-direct the Child Welfare Partnership for Research and Training (CW-PART), a collaboration between SJSU's School of Social Work and Bay Area Child Welfare Systems. The CW-PART is a community-engaged research partnership that offers MSW students opportunities to participate in research teams that are led by SJSU faculty and address priority topics of local child welfare systems.
In the MSW program, I teach courses in research, management in human services, community intervention, and family systems.