My first area of research focuses on promoting recovery for individuals with mental health issues. My research aims to enable people the freedom to engage in occupations they value and are expected to do. Based on change theories underlying the health needs and priorities of people with mental illness, two of my projects address people’s activity limitations to engender hope, develop an identity separate from illness, reduce stigma, play meaningful roles, and promote self-determination.
My second research area engages a multi-method approach to establish evidence-based interventions that improve inclusion, health, and well-being for youth in the school settings. In particular, I am interested in prevention, promotion, and building an inclusive campus environment to address gaps of current school mental health programs. My current campus project uses Gender Transformative Health Promotion strategies to empower youth to look at their issues on campuses.