With a consistent focus on adolescent health and wellness, Lori earned an undergraduate degree in Health and Human Performance at the University of Montana and a M.Ed. in Health Education from Boston University.
Lori taught health education in the public school system in Massachusetts and Wisconsin, where she implemented and designed comprehensive health education curricula for 6-12th grade students. Seeing firsthand the disparity between health education programs and resources across school districts inspired her to continue her education in the field of public health.
As a Ph.D. candidate in Community and Behavioral Health Promotion, Lori’s research focuses on the development of innovative, evidence-based interventions addressing various adolescent risk behaviors. She hopes to improve the access and implementation of effective health education policy and programming for Wisconsin youth. She is currently supporting research on the effectiveness of adolescent health leaders’ use of social media and interpersonal communication to increase awareness and usage of sexual health resources.