My research draws on theories of medical sociology, sexuality, decision-making, race and ethnicity, and gender. My goal is to understand to how stigma, power, and uncertainty shape interactions among patients, their loved ones, and medical staff and ultimately families' medical experiences and 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.
In my present work as a Research Fellow at Dana-Farber / Harvard Cancer Center, I am developing a research program to explore the understudied population of caregivers caring for a parent with cancer. This research will focus on describing who makes up this growing population, their struggles to simultaneously cope with caring for their parent and their children, and how these struggles shape both caregivers and their parents' medical experiences and outcomes.