I am an Assistant Professor in the departments of Sociology and Medical Education and Clinical Sciences at Washington State University and the Community Liaison of the Health Equity Research Center. My research examines the social determinants of obesity and obesity co-morbidities among American Indians and Alaska Natives to inform health equity interventions. Prior to joining Washington State University, I completed a doctorate at Columbia University and a three-year postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Washington-Harborview Medical Center. During my postdoctoral fellowship, I developed expertise in the social determinants of health and Native health and health disparities, and received eight awards, including the 2014 Transnational Science Research Award of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases – Network of Minority Investigators. Since then, I have received pilot grants from the University of Washington, Washington State University, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. I am currently funded through a Research Supplement to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities and a pilot grant from the National Institute of Aging. I am also a Co-Investigator in two pilot grants from the Center for American Indian and Alaska Native Diabetes Translational Research at the University of Colorado. In my free time, I enjoy playing with my daughter Eva and going to new restaurants with my husband, Vishal.