Rebecca began her doctoral studies in 2014. She holds a BA in sociology and criminology from Ohio University, and graduated with her MA in sociology from Ohio University in 2011. After receiving her Masters degree, Rebecca spent a year serving in the AmeriCorps program working with the American Red Cross. After completing her service year, Rebecca began working for the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio, a position she held for two years before coming to MSU.

Her research interests include bullying and cyberbullying, juvenile delinquency, and youth violence.