AUTOBIOGRAHPICAL SKETCH

I was born and spent my early childhood in Cape Elizabeth ME. For the rest of my childhood and adolescence, I lived in Rochester NY. In 2006 I began my undergraduate studies at the State University of New York at Brockport, where I dual majored in psychology and philosophy. In the Department of Psychology, I owe thanks to Dr. Lori-Ann Forzona, who is an excellent instructor of research methods. In the Department of Philosophy, I benefited greatly from the guidance and friendships of Dr. Gordon Barnes and Dr. Georges Dicker. For my senior year, I studied abroad at the University of Oxford, focusing tutorials on personality psychology, philosophy of mind, and the history of modern philosophy. After obtaining my B.S. in 2010, I began work as a research assistant at the Mt. Hope Family Center. As a research assistant, I worked on a study investigating the impact of parental conflict and at-risk environments on preschool children’s coping and adjustment. At the Mt. Hope Family Center, I owe thanks to Dr. Patrick Davies, Dr. Melissa Sturge-Apple, and Mike Ripple. In 2013 I began a Ph.D. at the University of Texas at Austin co-advised by Dr. Elliot Tucker-Drob and Dr. K. Paige Harden. During my doctoral training, I developed expertise in applied statistics and became a core member of the Texas Twin Project. To date, my research has addressed a number of factors that contribute to mental health and well-being, including personality risk for antisocial behavior, particularly sensation seeking and callous-unemotional traits. More recently, I have been working with path models to test and control for pleiotropy when estimating putatively causal relations between exposures and outcomes. I've also been exploring whether different personality traits are associated with differential gene expression related to immune system functioning and modeling longitudinal patterns of psychiatric comorbidity in childhood and adolescence. Finally, I work part-time as a statistical consultant for the Center for Practice Transformation, and I previously taught research methods and statistics at Augsburg University. This coming August, I will begin a postdoctoral position in the Department of Public Health at Stony Brook University, working with Dr. Sean Clouton. In sum, I try my best to avoid intellectual and empirical pigeonholes by pursuing an interdisciplinary program of research that addresses a broad range of questions related to health and well-being. 

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Individual Differences

(e.g. psychopathology, cumulative stress, cognitive ability, physical health, well-being)

Applied Statistics

(e.g. longitudinal data analysis, structural equation modeling, item response theory) 

Behavioral Genetics

(e.g. twin and family studies, Mendelian randomization studies, genome-wide association studies)

COLLABORATORS

Lifespan Development Lab

DeYoung Personality Lab

Developmental Behavior 

Genetics Lab

Robert Krueger

Australia Twin Registry

Valerie Tiberius