I am a Research Assistant Professor at the University of New Mexico and a Post Doctoral Research Fellow at the Center on Alcoholism, Substance Abuse, and Addictions (CASAA). I work with Dr. Angela Bryan in the Social, Health, and Evolutionary Research Program of Albuquerque (SHERPA) lab. My primary responsibilities involve managing an NIH R01 grant awarded to Dr. Bryan to study the efficacy of multiple interventions designed to decrease risky sexual behavior among high-risk adolescents. I also co-manage the SHERPA lab and direct multiple research programs focused on topics related to evolutionary and health psychology.
I received my Ph.D. in psychology from the University of New Mexico in 2009. My primary specialization was evolutionary psychology, and my secondary specialization was quantitative methods. Broadly, my research concerns the evolutionary psychology of disease-avoidance, morality, and individual differences. I am interested in applying these topics to several content areas in psychology, including health psychology, risk taking, social conflict and aggression, resource waste and conservation, and moral decision making.
Personally, I enjoy cooking, sampling new wines and beers, playing ultimate frisbee, riding my bike around, and hiking.