I am a psychiatrist and health services researcher, having completed my education and training at Stanford University, University of California San Francisco, and University of Michigan. Since 2013, I have been a Core Investigator in the VA HSR&D Center to Improve Veteran Involvement in Care at the VA Portland Health Care System, and I am an Associate Professor at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) in the Department of Psychiatry.
My works intersects the fields of health services, behavioral science, and social and cultural psychiatry. The overarching theme of my research is how our social connections shape and influence mental health outcomes. In this work, I attempt to understand ways to mitigate social isolation and loneliness, and also harness the benefits of social support. I have a particular focus on depression and suicide prevention and a strong interest in developing, testing, and evaluating interventions in real-world settings.