I am currently a post-doctoral research associate at the University of Virginia working in the the Virginia Affective Neuroscience Lab with Jim Coan. I graduated with a PhD in social psychology from the University of Minnesota where I studied with Jeffry Simpson, Ellen Berscheid, and Chad Marsolek.
I am keenly interested in the neurobiology and psychology of interpersonal relationships and emotion. I am pursuing these interests with three primary lines of research and theory focusing on the social regulation of emotion, social bonding and affiliation, and empathy.
When outside the office I like to enjoy my downtime with my family. My favorite activities include playing guitar, mastering different culinary techniques, and running in 5k’s (slowly).