I am a Postdoctoral Associate at the MIT Sloan School of Management with the Institute for Work and Employment Research and Work and Organization Studies.
My research focuses on exploring the role of worker voice in promoting worker well-being and draws from an integrated approach to voice by looking at both voice behaviors and organizational arrangements of voice. I am especially interested in understanding voice and well-being from the perspective of low-paid workers and workers who often sacrifice their own well-being in service of their work. Considering the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, organizational research on health, safety and well-being is imperative for sustainable workplaces.
My dissertation research focused on worker voice as a potential marker of well-being for Community Health Workers. Results indicated that workers who had organizational opportunities to voice had significantly better self-reported global well-being and lower odds of burnout. Relatedly, I explored how Community Health Workers experienced professionalization as a form of collective voice, which focused on building collective power and self-determination for their work.
My work brings together my experiences in policy, practice and research as a Public Health Social Worker focused on promoting community well-being in Massachusetts. I currently serve as a Commissioner on the Massachusetts Community Behavioral Health Promotion and Prevention Commission and as a critical incident (trauma) responder across Massachusetts.
I received my Ph.D. from the Heller School of Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University, hold an MSW/MPH from Boston University and an AB in Anthropology & Psychology from Mount Holyoke College. I love contemporary art, poetry, being in nature and reside in the Boston area with my spouse, 2 kids, and a bunch of pets.