My research interests include chronic disease prevention through nutrition, physical activity, and interventions in the built environment. I am also interested in how changes in health policy, environments, and socioeconomic factors impact health behaviors and chronic disease outcomes. The impact of health disparities on health outcomes is also of particular interest. I am curious about the effects of community gardens and home garden initiatives on fruit and vegetable intake, physical activity, social capital development, and chronic disease prevention. I am also keenly interested in utilizing public health principles and theory to inform the interventions and programs we design, develop, and deliver through the extension program.