Assistant Professor, Biostatistics & Epidemiology
Education & Experience:
I have received a PhD in Science Education from Texas Christian University, a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) from Texas A&M University at College Station, and a Master’s in Educational Leadership from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas. I have eight years of companion animal practice experience, as well as several years of volunteer veterinary experiences working with zoo and wildlife animals. I began serving as adjunct faculty for the UNT Health Science Center School of Public Health in 2010 and was named to my current full-time faculty position in 2014.
Teaching Areas & Public Health Interests:
My teaching areas are broad, ranging from introductory environmental and occupational health sciences for public health practitioners to clinical aspects of zoonotic diseases for medical students, although primarily I focus on the public health implications of animals, from the food we eat, to the companionship and social health animals provide, to their potential for passing diseases among species – including humans. It is important to me that students at the university level receive a high level of teaching quality, and this has led me to a role as the primary faculty member responsible for mentoring current professors on an individual basis in an attempt to establish more consistently high quality teaching practice.
Professional Activities & Awards:
I am currently an active member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians (AAZV), the American Association of Public Health Veterinarians (AAPHV), the International Society for Infectious Disease (ISID), and the Society for Disaster Medicine and Public Health (SDMPH). I have helped review questions included on the North American Veterinary Licensing Exam (NAVLE), and I am a current reviewer for a number of journals that cover topics from education to infectious disease to disaster medicine and public health.
My research interests are broad. Currently, I am researching ways to improve teaching quality at the university level. I am also working with the Society for Disaster Medicine and Public Health to address training needs and outreach activities to grow the discipline. I am peripherally involved with some zoonotic TB work, and I am particularly interested in the roles animals play in the health of humans.
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