Christine directs the Guilford County Healthy Relationships Initiative, a grant-funded initiative with a mission of promoting happy, healthy, and safe relationships of all kinds and preventing the negative consequences of relationship distress. She is also the Co-Founder, with Allison Crowe, of See the Triumph, a social media campaign to end the stigma surrounding intimate partner violence and offer supportive resources for survivors of past abuse.
Christine is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in North Carolina. She has worked as a therapist in the adult outpatient department in a community mental health agency, where she worked primarily with adults who experienced chronic mental health disorders. She also has provided counseling in a variety of other settings, including a school for at-risk adolescents, a children’s outpatient mental health treatment department, a juvenile delinquency diversion program, and churches. Across all of these settings, she worked frequently with clients impacted by various forms of family violence, including current and past intimate partner violence, childhood physical and sexual abuse, and emotional and verbal abuse.
Christine's primary research interest relates to the bridging the gap between research and practice in the area of domestic violence. In addition, the family violence-related topics she has addressed through her research and scholarship include the following: the stigma surrounding intimate partner violence, coping strategies used by women who have been battered, community-based approaches to domestic violence programming, dating violence among college students, applications of family systems theory to family violence, and intimate partner violence prevention research. The full-text of many of her publications can be found through NC DOCKS. Christine is the lead author of Responding to Family Violence, a book on conducting psychotherapy with clients impacted by various forms of family violence, as well as Sexuality Counseling: Theory, Research, and Practice, which was published by Sage Publications, and Overcoming the Stigma of Intimate Partner Abuse, which was published by Routledge Mental Health.