Mentor: Dr. Anne Mathews
College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
"I believe research is essential for progress and advancement in any field. I have always had a passion for nutrition and preventative health during my time at the University of Florida. However, it was after taking a preventative health course during my second year that I was truly inspired to do more for the advancement of this field. I knew I wanted to dedicate my time and talents to research; specifically projects that addressed childhood obesity and quality of life issues stemming from poor self-image. I am truly fortunate to be working on my own research project which addresses one of these areas of interest. "
Food and Resource Economics
- Preventative Health
CALS Dean's List 2011-2014
IFAS Summer Internship Scholarship 2013
University Scholars Program 2014
American Student Dental Association
Collegiate Health Service Corps.
Delta Tau Delta Fraternity
- Habitat for Humanity
- St. Francis House
Hobbies and Interests
Increasing Quality of Life of Breast Cancer Survivors through a Tailored Lifestyle Intervention
For many women, breast cancer diagnosis and treatment can result in serious psychological issues and a reduced quality of life. These negative psychological effects can be longstanding and often persist regardless of improved functioning. However, the implementation of an effective program that seeks to enhance the quality of life of breast cancer survivors may significantly contribute to their psychological recovery. This study seeks to determine the effectiveness of two distinct programs on the quality of life endpoints of female breast cancer survivors. Participants will consist of overweight/obese women with a previous diagnosis of breast cancer stages 1 to 3. These women will attend a screening where they will complete two health-related quality of life measures. Participants will also be randomized to either a weekly group Tailored Lifestyle Intervention (TLI) led by a Registered Dietician or to a Commercial Weight Loss Program (CWLP). The CWLP will be Weight Watchers. Each program will last for 13 weeks and will be of no cost to participants. Follow-up assessments will occur at post-intervention (i.e., Month 3) and 6 months after the conclusion of the intervention (i.e., Month 9). The same quality of life measures will be administered at these assessments in order to determine long-term psychological changes. I hypothesize that the TLI, as compared to the CWLP, will produce significantly greater improvements in health-related quality of life measures at both follow-up assessments.