My overarching research interest focuses on:

    • Promoting integrated health using a primary prevention (vs. crisis-based intervention) and wellness model approach on higher education campuses.

I have specific interests in two subpopulations:

    • Evaluating self-image amongst developing performing artists, with a particular interest in concepts of perfection, body dysmorphia, eating disorder etiology, and performance anxiety.
      • “Developing performing artist” refers to any individual who is training their craft but not actively working in the industry as a full-time professional. Examples include pre-professional high schools, college conservatories, departments of dance and theatre at 4-year universities, etc.
    • Assessing mental health needs, stigma, and treatment-seeking behaviours on community college campuses, especially in regard to socioeconomic and multicultural differences.

As a former dancer and dance educator, I also have a side interest in:

    • Understanding how recreational dance and movement (e.g. yoga) can be used as an augmentative mental health intervention for children & adolescents. (Note that this is not dance/movement therapy.)

Past & Current Lab Affiliations