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Lincoln NE 68588-0236
Work 402-472-6546 On-campus 2-6546


  • Ph D, University of Arizona, 1996
  • MS, University of Nebraska, 2012
  • MS, University of Arizona, 1993
  • BA, University of Colorado, 1991

Publications and Other Intellectual Contributions

  • "I've devoted my entire life to my daughter--and she knows it." Exploration of identity development among now-adult Navajo Native American adolescent mothers, Identity: An International Journal of Theory and Reseach, August 2013
  • “I Want to Leave—Go Far Away…I Don’t Want to Get Stuck on the Reservation”: Examining Developmental Trajectories and Indicators of Well-Being among the Adolescent-Aged Children of Navajo Native American Teenage Mothers,, Journal of Research on Adolescence, January (1st Quarter/Winter) 2015
  • “You just give them what they want and pray they don’t kill you”: Street-level sex workers’ reports of victimization, personal resources and coping strategies, Violence Against Women
  • Journal of Human Trafficking
  • Sex trafficked women in the Midwestern United States and Mumbai, India: Worlds apart and strikingly similar, Reducing Health Disparities in the Midwest: Research Updates from the Field, December 2015


  • Development of a Global Association of Scholars. , International Police Training Institute (IPTI), Los Angeles, CA
  • “Human Trafficking in the Land of Prayer and Enlightenment.” , Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences , Orlando, FL
  • “All the men here have the Peter Pan Syndrome—they don’t want to grow up”: Navajo adolescent mothers’ intimate relationships—15 years later, Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma, San Diego, CA
  • “But I haven’t given up—I still have courage”: Research with female survivors trafficked into Mumbai’s Commercial Sex Industry, Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma, San Diego, CA
  • “Human Trafficking in the Land of Prayer and Enlightenment.” , Center for Scholastic Inquiry, Charleston, SC
  • “Journal of Human Trafficking: A Critical Resource for the Global Association of Scholars.” , International Police Training Institute (IPTI), Los Angeles, CA

Awards & Honors

  • Best Presentation Award in Behavioral Sciences., Center For Scholastic Inquiry International Academic Research Conference, 2015
  • The Influential Scholar, National Research Consortium on Commercial Sexual Exploitation, 2014
  • Certificate of Recognition for Contribution to Students, UNL Teaching Council and the UNL Parents Association, 2012

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