Tell us about your work.
My research focuses on alcohol use and mental health among sexual minority women. I am principal investigator of the Chicago Health and Life Experiences of Women (CHLEW), a 21-year longitudinal study of more than 800 sexual minority women who were recruited in Chicago.
What advice might you have for a potential mentee about how to succeed in academia?
Build a solid network of colleagues who have similar interests; learn from your failures...and your successes; they are both powerful teachers. Learn how to say no. When invited to do a talk or be on a committee, thank the person who is inviting you and say you need to check your schedule. Check with a trusted mentor and sleep on it before responding. This can help prevent overcommitting, something that I've learned the hard way!