I am a Ph.D. student with a focus on Religion and Mental Health. I received my M.A. in Sociology at the University of Mississippi in 2014, along with a graduate certificate in Gender Studies. The subject of my thesis was the Pagan new religious movement of Heathenry, examining whether Heathens believe their religion to be nature based, and how gender performance and political ideology influence their environmentalism practices. The topic of my dissertation is how a pagan movement’s beliefs and practices shape mental health outcomes in a mixed methods study. My research focuses on new religious movements by using mixed methods, collecting my own qualitative ethnographic data (participant observations, in-depth interviews) and integrating it with my own quantitative survey data and analyses. In addition to my Ph.D. in Sociology, I will also be earning a minor in Quantitative, Qualitative & Psychometric Methods (QQPM) Applied Research Methods Focus and the Mixed Methods Research Certificate, both in the Educational Psychology Department, College of Education and Human Sciences. Before coming to Nebraska I completed my J.D. at Mississippi College School of Law and my B.A. in Sociology at Louisiana Tech University.
M.A.: University of Mississippi
J.D.: Mississippi College School of Law