Research and Teaching

My research focuses on the role of personality traits in health processes. This includes using traits as indicators of potential health problems and the degree to which health behaviors are a function of personality traits. I hope to use this research to develop applications of personality in medical settings, including the use of traits to identify potentially at-risk patients in need of intervention and the tailoring of treatment plans to fit an individual's strengths and needs.

I consider myself to be an enthusiastic useR (i.e., user of the program R for data wrangling, analysis and visualization), and I love sharing my knowledge of R with others. I have developed workshops for undergraduates, first-year graduate students and faculty members. I've taught workshops at Washington University in St. Louis, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and the Association of Psychological Science.

Work and education

I am an Assistant Professor in the University of Oregon Psychology Department. I share a lab with David Condon, Ph.D. and together we aim to explore personality measurement, development, influence on daily behaviors and expressions and utility in healthcare settings.

I received my Ph.D. in Psychological and Brain Sciences from Washington University in St. Louis in 2017, where I worked with Joshua J. Jackson, Ph.D. I worked as a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Medical Social Sciences at Northwestern University with Daniel K. Mroczek, Ph.D. Together, we studied applications for personality psychology in medical settings.

I graduated from Northwestern University with a double major in Psychology and English. Northwestern was where I found a love of personality psychology, in no small part due to the mentorship of William Revelle, Ph.D.

This is what I look like
This is what I look like
I have a pretty great dog, too.
I have a pretty great dog, too.