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Welcome! I teach at the University of Kentucky as an assistant professor of Behavioral Science and am secondarily appointed in the Department of History. 

An educator with fifteen years of interdisciplinary teaching experience, I use humanistic approaches to teach behavioral science and ethics to undergraduates, medical students, and graduate students. 

My historical research explores the contested medicalization of health behavior in modern America. My current project, a short course book on the history of behavioral health, was developed with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. In addition to this work, I’m committed to advancing scholarly approaches to medical humanities instruction and welcome collaborations with others who share this interest.

My first book, The Recovery Revolution (Columbia University Press, 2017), traced the tumultuous cycles in the history of addiction treatment by following the rise of the therapeutic community treatment model in the United States. I also helped curate a collection of archival materials related to addiction treatment (see here for a finding aid to the processed records) and directed a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute on Addiction in American History (you can view the complete course of study here). 

I’ve received fellowships and awards from the American Public Health Association, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the National Institutes of Health Office of History, among others. 

I graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Vassar College and earned dual graduate degrees in the history of medicine and behavioral science from Emory University’s Graduate Institute of Liberal Arts and Rollins School of Public Health

I live with my family in Lexington, Kentucky, and can be reached at