AUTOBIOGRAHPICAL SKETCH

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 Drs. Gordon Barnes and 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 Drs. Patrick Davies, Melissa Sturge-Apple, and Mike Ripple. In 2013 I began a Ph.D. at the University of Texas at Austin co-advised by Drs. Elliot Tucker-Drob and K. Paige Harden. During my doctoral training, I developed expertise in applied statistics and became a core member of the Texas Twin Project. After obtaining my Ph.D. in 2017, I began a post-doctoral appointment at the University of Minnesota, working with Drs. Robert Krueger and Colin DeYoung. During this time, I also worked part-time as a statistical consultant for the Center for Practice Transformation and taught research methods and statistics at Augsburg University. 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 on how to measure and quantify the impact of cumulative stress on physical health. I've also been exploring whether demographic factors are associated with differential gene expression related to immune system functioning and modeling longitudinal patterns of psychiatric comorbidity in adulthood. 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. I am currently a research assistant professor at Stony Brook University working with Dr. Sean Clouston in the Department of Family, Population, and Preventative Medicine. 

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

Sean Clouston

Developmental Behavior 

Genetics Lab

Robert Krueger

Aging Interest Group

Australia Twin Registry

Valerie Tiberius

WTC Wellness Program