Em joined Mental Health Colorado in 2021, after graduating from the University of Denver with majors in psychology and gender studies. There, they worked with other students in an on-campus psychology lab that investigates person perception with an emphasis on implications for social inequality and discrimination. Em’s primary role was to contribute to research on the intersection of racial bias and perceptions of pain tolerance, as well as participate in the conceptualization of potential interventions as they pertain to issues of public health and racial equity.

Em’s own experience with an eating disorder contributes to their drive to work in the field of mental health and informs their approach in helping to address the system’s current failures. Em lives in Denver with their band mates. They enjoy singing and collaging in their free time and are the vocalist of local indie rock group, Blankslate.