International children’s rights; 21st century forms of child abuse, exploitation & trauma; Evidence-based child advocacy and decision-making; Multidisciplinary and collaborative approaches to child-focused
research and policy
I recognize that children are fully human with evolving capacity as they mature. They hold all of the rights inherent to their humanity and should be supported and empowered to exercise those rights at developmentally-appropriate levels. I believe that children are individuals but also deeply connected to larger social milieux, which include relationships to family, schools, and communities. These rleationships should be actively and intentionally nurtured to support children's health and wellbeing physically, emotionally, spiritually, and mentally. I believe that as adults, we are obligated to create a world that both protects children and empowers them and their loved ones to protect themselves.
I enjoy spending time with my husband and our two children backpacking, hiking, snowboarding, skiing, and mountain climbing.
My volunteer activities mostly focus on children and include serving for years as a Court-Appointed Special Advocate, a volunteer civics teacher for local middle school students, and on numerous non-profit boards.
I speak locally, nationally, and internationally about children and families and the challenges they face in the 21st century such as digital forms of child sexual abuse and migration. I am a passionate advocate for children and families and actively seek to identify and conduct research that tells us how we can support the health, happiness, resilience, intelligence, and integrity of children and families.