I am a Clinical Psychologist and Researcher at the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences. My academic interest is focused on understanding the role of psychological, social and structural factors (i.e. stigma, stress, social support) in the development of health and disease among diverse populations. Specifically, my research aims to understand the implications of the stigmatization of disease (i.e. serious mental illness, HIV/AIDS, chronic disease), marginalized communities (i.e. transgender men and women) and cultural practices (i.e. religion, metal music). In addition, my work aims to better understand how these psychosocial processes “get under the skin” by looking at specific biomarkers (i.e. cortisol, cytokines, DNA methylation) and their role in the process of health and disease.