• Doctor of Health Science (DHSc); Physiology and Nutrition, School of Public Health, Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, CA
  • Master of Public Health (MPH); Epidemiology, School of Public Health, Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, CA
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA); Psychology, Westmont College, Santa Barbara, CA
  • Post-doctoral training in applied physiology, Department of Preventive Medicine, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO
  • Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Officer, Center for Health Promotion & Education, Division of Health Education, Behavioral Epidemiology & Evaluation Branch, Centers for Disease Control, United States Public Health Service



  • Community-based approaches to promoting physical activity
  • The role of the built environment in promoting physical activity
  • Physical activity and chronic disease epidemiology - examining obesity, coronary heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes using data from population-based studies 
  • Examining the impact of social determinants of health and health disparities on chronic disease incidence and prevalence
  • Provider-based approaches to assessing and counseling patients on physical activity and healthy eating

Professional Service:

  • CDC/United States Public Health Service, 20-year service medal
  • American College of Sports Medicine (Fellow)
  • American Heart Association Council on Epidemiology and Prevention (Fellow)
  • Council on Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Metabolism (Fellow)
  • John Snow Society (member), Royal Society for Public Health

Community Engagement:

  • Lifespring Community Health (Chair, Board of Directors)
  • Southeast Tennessee Regional Health Council
  • Southside Community Health Coalition
  • American Heart Association Chattanooga Chapter Board of Directors, 2006-2008