My research lies at the intersection of medical sociology, sexuality studies, racial and ethnic studies, and patient-provider interactions. My goal is to understand how stigma and uncertainty shape patient-provider interactions and, ultimately, medical decisions.
I use a variety of methods in my research projects. Using audio-recordings of pediatric visits and ethnographic observations of and interviews with medical staff, my dissertation investigates how attitudes towards adolescent sexuality shape medical staff, parents, and adolescents' interactions and their understanding and adoption of a relatively new medical technology, the HPV vaccine. I leverage quantitative methods to examine whether different communication styles and patient-provider relationships contribute to racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic disparities in healthcare quality.