• Revisiting/ Revising Latina Sexual Script Frameworks

    October 4, 2021
    Moving beyond the traditional marianismo frameworks, this presentation uses an intersectional approach to explore factors shaping diverse Latina sexual scripting frameworks. Drawing upon the emperical research, this talk addresses the influence of stereotypes on sexual health research, and highlights the ways in which recent work has found the ways in which regional, generational, nationality, familial, and economic inform distinct behavioral and belief frameworks.
    University of Virginia
    (Virtual due to Covid- 19)

  • IG Model Body: Body Dysmorphia + Expectation Black America Summit Panel

    August 20, 2021
    Hypersexualization of the Black female body is deeply ingrained in American society. With the rise of the perfect Instagram body or the “IG Body,” more women and girls feel pressure to undergo dangerous surgeries to achieve the fantastical body. I will be discussing the research examing Black womanhood as it relates to body dysmorphia and social media expectations.
    Black America Summit
    (Virtual due to Covid- 19)


    August 12, 2021
    So honored to receive this award from Division 5: Quantitative & Qualitative Methods; it recognizes demonstrated excellence in teaching and mentoring within the field of qualitative inquiry. Division 5 draws together specialists in the areas of quantitative and qualitative methods across all areas of research and clinical training in psychology.
    American Psychological Association
    (Virtual due to Covid- 19)

  • UREM Undergraduate Internships in Nuclear Physics

    August 10, 2021 to June 30, 2023
    This grant will provide selected students with a year long, paid individualized mentoring experience with Nuclear Physics faculty. I will be the Qualitative Methodologist on this grant; my evaluation will serve to not only strengthen this prototype program, but also develop best-practice principles for other similar programs that will be disseminated through publications and presentations.
    U.S Department of Energy & FIU Physics Department
    Miami, FL


    July 21- 23, 2021
    This intensive online workshop provides 2021 NIH Fogarty Center Global Health Fellows with an overview of approaches to analyzing qualitative data, an understanding of the core principles of analysis and the opportunity to develop key skills.
    National Institutes for Health- Fogarty Center.
    (Virtual due to Covid- 19)

  • Black Women’s Body Image: Implications for Identity Formation and Well-Being

    Submission Deadline June 15, 2021
    Along with Dr. Danielle Dickens of Spelman College, I am Co- Editor of the The Journal of Black Psychology's special issue highlighting current Black women’s body image research in the field of psychology. The purpose of this special issue is to advance scholarship on Black women’s body image, identity formation, and psychological well-being.
    Journal of Black Psychology
    American Psychological Association

  • Miami Studies Fellowship

    May 2021 through May 2022
    As part of a grant generously funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to build a robust Miami Studies Program at Florida International University's Wolfsonian Public Humanities Lab (WPHL), eight full-time FIU faculty were selected for the first cohort of Miami Studies Fellows. This collective of interdisciplinary scholars from across the university will contribute to the development of curriculum in that integrates local and community studies into the research and teaching foci.
    Wolfsonian Museum Public Humanities Labs
    FIU Miami Beach, FL