I have been a pediatric nurse practitioner since December of 1996. I worked in a variety of settings as a PNP. My area of interest is developmental delays and autism. I am currently a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA).
I graduated from UTA with my PhD in December 2014. My dissertation topic was fathers' experience with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). There are more single father homes and fathers as primary caregiver than any other time in history, yet most fathers believe they are left out of the discussions with their children's health care providers. The study examined their experience to determine their needs with the goal of helping them to actively engage with their children with ASD and to improve the outcome for the children and the entire family.
I am a member of the eChapter. I have been a member of the National Nomination's Committee and conference planning committee. I am currently a member of the Continuing Education Committee. I am the chair of the Developmental, Behavioral, and Mental Health SIG.
Prior to moving to Texas, I was actively involved in the GA NAPNAP Chapter. I previously served as the Education Co-Chair and Coordinator of the GA NAPNAP Annual Conference.
I am married and the mother of two grown sons - Ben and Joe. I have two grandsons, Jacob and Levi. I love football especially the Pittsburgh Steelers. In my free time, I enjoy reading, sewing, machine embroidery, and traveling.