I am a licensed clinical social worker and a sixth-year doctoral candidate at the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago pursuing a PhD in social work. I earned my master’s degree in social work, with a concentration in children and families, from the Jane Addams College of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Chicago. I have bachelor’s degrees in both sociology and philosophy with a minor in African American Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. My research interests include pregnancy, parenting, and parental involvement among youth transitioning from foster care to adulthood. My current work includes studies of involvement and engagement among young Black fathers in foster care. My research is informed by several years of practice experience in child welfare as a foster care caseworker in Chicago.

Link to my Black Contributions to Mutual Aid, Social Welfare, and Social Work History Guide