My primary research interests are focused on developing and evaluating interventions to improve quality of life and psychosocial functioning among cancer patients and survivors. I am particularly interested in working with medically underserved communities and in efforts to address disparities in cancer care and outcomes. Currently, I work with Drs. Betina Yanez and David Cella on evaluating evidence-based interventions for oncology patients that utilize technology platforms and aim to reduce symptom burden, promote health-related quality of life, and improve treatment adherence.
2017 – PhD, University of California, Davis, Human Development
2014 – MS, University of California, Davis, Child Development
2008 – BA, University of Pennsylvania, Biological Basis of Behavior, Psychology
In my research with Prof. Joel Voss, I use noninvasive neurostimulation to test the putative roles of large-scale brain networks for executive function, with a focus on language comprehension and semantic and episodic memory networks. We assess these outcomes via a multidimensional approach, examining effects of varying stimulation parameters on fMRI network connectivity, EEG and ERP correlates of executive function, and eye-tracking and behavioral outcomes in young and older adults. The goal of this research is to not only enhance our understanding of the neural underpinnings of these functions, but also to inform future therapeutic intervention in cognitively impaired populations.
2018 – PhD, Indiana University, Mass Communications
2014 – MA, Indiana University, Telecommunications
My background in mass communications and public health. Generally speaking, my research interests involve the intersection of sexual and gender minority (SGM) health, multimedia technology, and social media. As a postdoctoral fellow on the NUCATS Multidisciplinary Training Program in Child and Adolescent Health (TL1) my overall objective is to explore the relationship between smoking habits and cessation efforts and body image among sexual and gender minority adolescents. This research will be used to inform a technology and multimedia-based intervention to aid in tobacco use prevention and cessation efforts in SGM youth.
2018 - PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Personality Psychology
2012 - BA, University of Iowa, Psychology
My research focus is in the development of personality across the life span as well as individual differences in stress experiences. I am also interested in the influences of stress on health and personality development across the life course. In addition, my research focus includes the influences of stress and personality on cognitive aging.
2011 – BA, Hope College, Psychology (Magna Cum Laude)
My primary research interests are focused on developing, evaluating, and implementing mHealth interventions to improve psychosocial functioning and health behaviors among cancer patients and survivors – particularly in adolescents and young adults (AYA). I am also interested in examining cognitive, physiological, and biological mechanisms of mind-body and psychosocial interventions in this population.
2018 – PhD, University of Maryland, College Park, Counseling Psychology
2018 – Internship, University of Pennsylvania Counseling and Psychological Services
2015 – MS, University of Maryland, College Park, Counseling Psychology
2011 – MA, Teachers College, Columbia University, Psychology in Education
2010 – BA, University of Michigan, Psychology
My program of research focuses on psychosocial functioning of sexual minorities, specifically the impact of experiences of stigma and discrimination on identity development and mental health. I am particularly interested in intersectional experiences of individuals with multiple marginalized identities (e.g., sexual minority people of color). I am also interested in basic affective and cognitive processes related to sexual health, including those that contribute to risk for HIV and other sexually transmitted infections, among young men who have sex with men in relationships.
2018- PhD, University of Toronto, Cognitive Neuroscience
2014- MA., University of Toronto, Cognitive Neuroscience
2012- BA, McMaster University, Psychology and Neuroscience
My research interests focus on investigating the brain regions involved in learning and memory. Using a combination of behavioural, neuroimaging, and neurostimulation approaches, my research aims to gain a better understanding of complex human memory.
2019-PhD, University of California, Berkeley, Social-Personality Psychology
2015-MA, College of William & Mary, Psychology
2013-BA, University of Missouri, Psychology
I study the co-development of well-being and health across the lifespan. First, I ask basic questions about the development and dynamic nature of well-being. For example, how does life satisfaction fluctuate in the short-term from day-to-day and in the long-term across key life transitions? Second, I apply findings from this research to investigate the effects of well-being on important health outcomes, such as mortality, chronic illness, and dementia risk. For example, do longitudinal declines in subjective well-being predict mortality risk? Together, this research informs the understanding of psychosocial protective factors that can be leveraged to promote lifespan health.