Primarily I teach both undergraduate and graduate classes in Sociology, and graduate classes in Human Sciences and Public Administration. I have a grant to conduct research on Child Well-being, which is funded by the Foundation for Child Development, NYC.
I serve on a number of committees for the Department of Human Sciences, the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, and the University.
I am a native of North Carolina. I was born in Greensboro and grew up in Elizabeth City. After graduating from Northeastern High School I attended Campbell College (now University), where I earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sociology. I then attended Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (VPISU, now Virginia Tech) and worked full-time in the University Bookstore. I received a research assistantship to work for Dr. Clifton D. Bryant, Department Chair of the Sociology Department. In 1980 I completed my MS thesis on "Social Distance Towards Former Mental Patients," based on survey data that I designed and collected from college students. After receiving my Masters of Science Degree in Sociology I moved to Charlotte and worked as a Research Associate for the Urban Institute for the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. During that time I also taught Sociology courses, as an Adjunct Lecturer, at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, Queens College, Johnson C. Smith University, Winthrop College and the Presbyterian Hospital School of Nursing. In 1985 I was hired as a full-time Instructor in Sociology at Johnson C. Smith University. In 1988 I took a leave of absence to attend Duke University to pursue a PhD in Sociology. While at Duke I received a Predoctoral Fellowship in Medical Demography and Social Epidemiology of Aging, funded by the National Institute of Aging, NIH. In 1992 I received my PhD. My dissertation was "A Cross-national Study of Disability among the Elderly in Less Developed Countries: Implications for the Epidemiologic Transition Theory," based on data collected from 13 countries by the World Health Organization (WHO). After receiving my PhD, I worked at Johnson C. Smith University and the University of South Carolina in Columbia. I then returned to Durham to work at the Duke University Center for Demographic Studies as Postdoctoral Fellow and later as a Research Scientist. In 2006 I joined the faculty at North Carolina Central University as an Associate Professor in Sociology. I received tenure and was promoted to Professor in 2011. In 2014 I joined the Department of Human Sciences at NCCU.
My research interests are varied and include: Demography; Health and disability; Child well-being; Aging and the life course; Quantitative Research