about me

I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology at UCLA and my research focuses on communication in medicine. In particular, I am interested in how doctors and patients discuss difficult topics and make health care decisions, and how this may vary depending on the characteristics of the people involved. My dissertation explores the social implications of these issues among older patients, their family members and caregivers, geriatricians, and internal medicine doctors. This project examines how people navigate the process of aging in a society focused on the preservation of youth, and how our aging population may be changing the way that doctor-patient interaction operates within our health care system.