|expertise in mental healthcare, social science research, and social justice advocacy|
I am a PhD candidate in sociology in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco. As a sociologist of gender, emotions, and biomedicine, I study gendered processes of healthcare, the organization of health professionals, and how people make meaning about their healthcare experiences as patients and clinicians. My current ethnographic research examines these phenomena in obstetrics and midwifery where there is increasing awareness about mental health in pregnancy and postpartum. My research aims to answer questions such as: how is mental healthcare operationalized in obstetrics and midwifery? What facilitates or impedes interdisciplinary work in this setting? What are patients' needs and expectations for care in the perinatal period? Using feminist qualitative methods, I am motivated to contribute sociological insights that propel solutions for compassionate, accessible, resource-efficient, person-centered, and anti-oppressive healthcare.
As a mental health clinician with over 15 years of experience, I have provided care in hospitals, primary care, community mental health, and private practice, with a focus on reproductive life experiences. My interest at the intersection of reproduction and mental health stems from life-shaping, early career work in the neonatal intensive care and labor and delivery units of a large hospital. I maintain a small, telehealth-based private practice, though the majority of my work involves research, consultation, and student education in sociology and health professions.
I am a restless wanderlust who hails from the Upper Midwest. You can find me in the Pacific Northwest, primarily Portland, Ore.