I am currently pursing a Ph.D. in nutrition sciences. I received my B.S. in biology with a minor in chemistry from Florida State University in 2005, after which I completed a M.S. in nutrition sciences at UAB in 2009. Currently I am supported by a supplemented fellowship from the Cancer Control and Prevention Training Program. My mentor is Dr. Jose Fernandez. I have also worked with a postdoc on our team, Dr. Krista Casazza, on her PRIMO study, a weight-loss intervention in overweight African-American girls ages 9-14. Under Dr. Fernandez's direction, my research interests are focused on behavioral contributors to child adiposity, particularly in diverse populations. For my dissertation I plan to focus on underlying behavioral, environmental, and hormonal predictors of weight regain following weight loss on a hypocaloric diet. My eventual goal is to translate scientific research by creating culturally appropriate interventions in children to prevent overweight.