I am a social scientist with a strong interest in social networks and health and health care settings, particularly as they relate to people with serious mental illness. Since arriving at IUB's sociology department and working with my mentor and dissertation chair, Bernice Pescosolido, my academic work has focused on mental illness, but has also expanded into health care policy and organizations.  My dissertation is about the scientific/intellectual movement of "recovery" in mental health services research over the last 20 year in the United States. I take an explicitly networks-driven approach to studying the community of researchers that has emerged around this topic.

I am currently the managing editor of an interdisciplinary journal, Network Science launched in 2012 by Cambridge University Press. I teach a number of workshops and courses on network analysis, primarily through the ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research. My book with co-author David Pilgrim of the University of Liverpool, Recovery and Mental Health: A Critical Sociological Account was published by Palgrave UK in late 2013.

In my spare time, I am a volunteer court appointed special advocate for children in the foster care system in Monroe County.

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