My research interests have focused on homelessness and housing. From there, my work has extended to institutions that intersect with homelessness, such as the military, jails and prisons, and child welfare. Additionally, I've researched health issues that are prevalent among homeless populations such as substance use, mental illness and HIV/AIDS. My research has appeared in a wide range of peer-reviewed publications, including JAMA, the American Journal of Public Health, and Social Service Review.
Prior to my current position, I was an Analyst at the National Center for Homelessness Among Veterans at the US Department of Veterans Affairs, and Associate Professor of Health Policy at University of the Sciences. In addition, I also regularly engage in freelance projects (see the consulting section for more info).
I have a PhD in Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania, and an MA in Urban Studies from the University of Texas at Arlington. In my pre-academic life, I did casework and advocacy focusing on homelessness in San Antonio and Fort Worth, Texas.