ABOUT ME

 

Nearly 20 years ago, I wrote a few articles for a local monthly African-American newspaper, The Next Level, and was on a path to go to graduate school for journalism. But while my passion has always been writing, my love of science steered me in a different direction. I earned a Ph.D. in neuroscience and did pre-clinical and clinical addiction research for 12 years; thus, most of my science writing has been academic. A few years ago, I started writing a blog for a boutique real estate firm in Charleston, SC, in which I paired property listings with interesting stories about local history and architecture. This led to a re-awakening of my passion for writing, and the desire to pair writing with science came naturally.

 

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PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

I am currently enrolled in the graduate Science Communication program at the University of California, Santa Cruz. I have an extensive track record in communicating scientific research, with over 25 platform and poster presentations at national conferences and 15 peer-reviewed published articles. I have also taught undergraduates for nearly ten years in statistics, pharmacology, and substance abuse. I wish to secure a position in which I might gain additional experience in science communication.

 

Science Writer Intern // 2017–present
SLAC National Accelerator Center • Menlo Park, CA

Research and write website articles for SLAC website and Symmetry Magazine. Conduct interviews with staff scientists and outside sources; observe scientists at work to develop understanding of laboratory procedures.

 

Marketing Manager & Content Provider // 2013–2017
Lois Lane Properties • Charleston, SC

Responsible for all creative content for newsletter and blog posts for “Storied Charleston.” Responsible for development of new website (2015). Create training manuals for real estate agents and oversee interns and staff on social media campaigns.

 

Adjunct Faculty  // XXXX-XXXX                                                                                                                          
Department of Psychology
College of Charleston • Charleston, SC

Responsible for all aspects of course preparation and management, including textbook selection, syllabi development, lecture and classroom activity preparation and presentation, and evaluation of student progress for upper-level psychology courses.  

 

Scientific Publication Consultant // 2011–2014
Provide expertise in the successful publication of scientific research in peer-reviewed journals. Services include standard and substantive scientific content editing, pre-submission peer-review critique, and identification of appropriate journals for manuscript submission.

 

Faculty Research Instructor // 2010–2011
Clinical Neuroscience Division
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Medical University of South Carolina • Charleston, SC

Responsible for all aspects of management of clinical trials and human laboratory studies to assess drug abuse and its treatment, including clinical assessments, personnel, regulatory and administrative activities, study recruitment/enrollment, integrity of data collection and analysis, budget oversight; preparation and dissemination of study results; grant preparation.

 

Postdoctoral Scholar // 2007–2010
Clinical Neuroscience Division
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Medical University of South Carolina • Charleston, SC

Development of clinical skills, diagnostic assessment, and regulatory and ethical considerations in the conduct of clinical research; prepare protocols for and oversee the implementation of clinical trials and human laboratory studies intended to assess the efficacy of novel pharmacotherapeutic and behavioral paradigms in the treatment of substance use and mental health disorders; preparation and dissemination of study results; grant preparation.

 

Predoctoral Fellow // 2001–2007
Department of Physiology and Neurosciences
Medical University of South Carolina • Charleston, SC

Develop hypotheses and execute experimental protocols to evaluate drug and alcohol reward in mice; responsible for data collection, analysis, presentation and publication.

 

Research Assistant // 2000–2001
Neurobehavioral Pharmacology Division
Center for Drug and Alcohol Problems
Medical University of South Carolina • Charleston, SC

Administration of experimental protocols intended to explore the behavioral pharmacology of drugs of abuse.

 


 

EDUCATION

M.S., Clinical Research, 2008 // Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC

Ph.D., Neuroscience, 2006 // Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC

B.S., Cytology, 1995 // Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC