I am a highly sensitive INFJ, and proud Detroit Native. At my core, I find and help underdogs, fight injustices, defy odds, and believe God has my back. I earned a B.S in Clinical Laboratory Science, and a MPH in Public Health Practice, both from Wayne State University, and a PhD in Epidemiological Sciences from the University of Michigan, School of Public Health. I am a Tenured Social Epidemiology Professor, and Founder and Director of the Social Epidemiology to Eliminate Disparities (SEED) Lab. As an award winning teacher, speaker, and scholar-activist, my research has been funded by the federal government, as well as private philanthropies, and state organizations. I am former Chair-elect of the Epidemiology Section of the American Public Health Association, and have held leadership positions in the Society for Epidemiologic Research.
As a population health researcher, I find patterns in data, and identify reasons for poor health outcomes among groups of people. In the same way, I see a gap in our collective consciousness, in that there is an over-reliance on professional development and little to no attention given to personal development. I started my personal development journey in 2015, and have experienced countless personal and professional successes, and I attribute this to my investment of time, resources, and sometimes tears, into my own inner work and personal growth.
The disconnect between what people are doing for a living and what they were created to do, is causing unnecessary suffering, but I believe inner-work is the solution to this problem! Leveraging my experience as a mentor to over 150 people over the past 15 years, I help people figure out who they are, and how to create a life focused on bringing forward the things that they are supposed to contribute to the world.