My research area examines the origins and health impact of child and partner abuse. Recent studies include:

  • HIV-AIDS risk and resilience among young South African women. A unique case-control interview study of 885 women ages 15-29 in South Africa to investigate risk factors for early onset of HIV.
  • Racial inequalities in live birth outcomes and infant mortality in the State of Indiana. We are analyzing state datasets to examine factors which differentiate Black from White birth outcomes in the State including racial disparities in the access to neonatal infant care units and in the hospital staff ratios by race.

Research Interests

  • origins and effects of gender-based violence across the life-course on girls' and women's mental and reproductive health

Research Interests

  • Families and health
  • Adolescent socio-sexual health
  • Disparities in mental health
  • Child abuse
  • Violence against women
Past Affiliations

Associate Professor, Department of Criminology, School of Arts & Sciences, University of Pennsylvania (past)

Associate Professor, School of Social Policy & Practice, University of Pennsylvania (past)

Professor, Department of Kinesiology and Community Health, College of Applied Life Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (past)

Director, Center for Research on Health Disparities, School of Public Health, Indiana University Bloomington

Allied Health
PhD, University of Michigan, Psychology, 1986
BS, University of Washington-Seattle, Psychology, 1979
BA, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1976