I am a mixed-methods sociologist who researches how to improve family cancer caregivers’ and patients’ wellbeing.
As a Research Fellow at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, I am developing a research program to investigate large, but understudied caregiving populations that are distinctly disadvantaged. I primarily focus on the following populations:
- Individuals caring for their parents with advanced cancer, who often balance caregiving with careers and young families
- Racial/ethnic minority cancer caregivers, who face greater financial burdens and discrimination than non-Hispanic White caregivers
- Rural cancer caregivers, who must deal with scarce and distance healthcare resources
I use a variety of methods in my research projects ranging from qualitative interviews and ethnography to advanced statistical modeling of longitudinal survey data. In my dissertation, I analyzed audio-recordings of pediatric clinical encounters and ethnographic observations of and interviews with medical staff to study how cultural factors like medical and parental authority and attitudes towards adolescent sexuality shaped HPV vaccine decision-making. I leverage quantitative methods to examine a variety of questions including whether communication, relationship quality, and cultural factors contribute to racial/ethnic and socioeconomic disparities in healthcare quality.