Lil is a PhD candidate in the Department of Behavioral and Community Health. Lil's research interests are in behavioral cancer prevention and lie at the intersection of health disparities and tobacco control. She is particularly interested in investigating unique risk factors that perpetuate tobacco use in priority populations. Her dissertation project investigates the use of single cigarettes, also known as "loosies," among urban African Americans in Baltimore City, MD and the District of Columbia. Through a mixed-methods sequential exploratory design, the project examines attitudes and perceptions towards loosies in order to develop a validated, theoretically-based scale.
She has earned a B.S. in psychology (Saint Joseph’s University), M.S. in biomedical sciences (Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine), and MPH in social and behavioral sciences (Temple University). Lil has contributed to a variety of research studies ranging from pilot studies to multi-site randomized controlled trials and has supported interdisciplinary research collaborations with school districts, community centers, and medical clinics. Her past experiences include school-based violence prevention, Autism treatment and intervention, mental health seeking behavior, cancer support, child secondhand smoke reduction, parental smoking cessation, adolescent obesity prevention, and diabetes.