Associate Professor of Nursing

My scholarship is informed and inspired by my work —as a researcher, and family nurse practitioner —in federally-qualified health centers and community-based clinics that serve marginalized communities. In these settings, I often encounter patients who are survivors of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and intimate partner violence (IPV), and struggle with the long-term physical and mental health challenges brought on by ACES and IPV. My research uncovers the healthcare gaps and needs of underserved populations; particularly immigrant Latina women. Despite being disproportionately affected by trauma, evidence-based interventions for this population remain lacking. I collaborate with community partners to address mental health and chronic disease disparities for marginalized populations -particularly survivors of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and intimate partner violence (IPV). This program of research is important given the prevalence of these events and their association with poorer health outcomes.

“Yo no estudio para escribir, ni menos para enseñar, sino sólo por ver si con estudiar ignoro menos.” [I do not study to write (much less teach) but so that I may ignore less] -Juana Ines de la Cruz (1648 –1695)I believe that this timeless quote captures the spirit of Penn Nursing. As we embrace continuous learning, diversity of thought, and not ignore our fellow people, we can slowly eliminate the plethora of inequities we experience today.

For many adults the past (childhood adversity) is not just the past, it continues to create challenges in their daily lives. I develop programs to help people manage these daily challenges and feel good about themselves.


  • PhD, University of Michigan, 2012
  • MSN, Emory University, 2007
  • BSN, Emory University, 2005
  • BS, Iowa State University, 2002