About Me

I am currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences at Kent State University. Prior to my position at Kent State, I was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Center for Healthy Aging at The Pennsylvania State University. I completed my PhD at the University of Toronto in social-personality psychology. My doctoral research was supported by a doctoral fellowship awarded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, the main granting agency for social science research in Canada.

Research Approach

In my research, I use multiple methods to test my hypotheses and, as a result, have developed an expertise in research design and analysis. I have conducted dyadic studies, longitudinal studies, studies using intensive measurement designs such as experience sampling and daily diaries, and experimental studies. To analyze my data, I use advanced statistical techniques, such as structural equation modeling and multilevel modeling.


When I am away from work, I like to get outside and explore new places. I love to travel, hike, go camping, and paddling. Nothing beats spending time kayaking on a beautiful lake or river, surrounded by nothing but nature! I also love to play and watch soccer, and spend time with friends, family, and my dogs. I am also an active volunteer with several organizations that focus on rescuing dogs and have been helping with rescue efforts in my free time.