Broadly, my areas of research interests fall within the realm of Clinical Child and Pediatric Psychology. My specific research interests are two-fold.Currently, under the supervision of Dr. Sherecce Fields at the Health Behavior Research Group, we are interested in examining impulsivity as a trans-disease process. Specifically, I am interested in the relationship between family functioning, adolescent impulsivity, and substance use. Given that there are subsets of adolescents who are exposed to poor family functioning that do not engage in substance use, my current focus is to determine whether adolescent impulsivity moderates this relationship.My future goal is to apply my interests to children and adolescents who suffer from chronic illness, specifically childhood cancer. My approach is that the importance of the family for children who suffer from and survive childhood cancer cannot be understated. Thus, I would like to examine the fluctuation of the family dynamic as the child transitions to adolescence, particularly the impact on adolescent social development and substance use.