I am an applied developmental scientist, studying sexuality and relationship development, with particular attention to issues of gender justice and the needs and experiences of queer and trans youth.

I write to share my science. I write to cope with the hardest things. I write to see what you think. When I started a blog in 2009, intending to write about my experiences teaching public school. I found myself wanting to write about my own life, too. I wrote a series of posts on building body positivity. In 2011, I used the blog to host another series – I wrote about sexism, self-esteem, and conflict in wedding planning. Based on the success of that series, and my community-based work in young adult sex education, I was invited by academic writing, and the work to mobilize academic researchers to support the Movement for Black Lives.