PhD in Clinical Child Psychology, University of Kansas, 2015
MA in Clinical Psychology, University of Montana, 2010
BA in Psychology, Wheaton College, IL, 2003
Broadly, I am interested in the developmental progression of health risk behavior in youth and the associated risk and protective factors that have meaningful impact in the developmental trajectory. During my graduate training, I developed models to test the associations between maltreatment history, coping behaviors, and substance use in youth in foster care. Through my more recent work with Catherine Stanger and Lisa Marsch at the Center for Technology and Behavioral Health, I am examining relations between media exposure and engagement and development of substance use problems in adolescents as well as applications of novel technological approaches to prevention and intervention efforts. We are planning to test a school-based text messaging prevention intervention for risky drinking in high school youth. We also hope to develop a media parenting intervention for prevention of substance use behavior in younger youth.
PhD in Experimental Psychology, University of Arkansas, 2016
MA in Experimental Psychology, University of Arkansas, 2014
BS in Psychology, John Brown University, 2010
Broadly, my research interests focus on leveraging emerging technologies to study anxiety and substance misuse vulnerability in adolescents, and developing and evaluating effective prevention programs designed to reduce the incidence of anxiety and substance use disorders among youth. My graduate training primarily involved employment of multi-modal methods (e.g., experimental psychopathology methods) to study anxiety vulnerability and utilization of this evidence to develop and evaluate a brief “preintervention” for at-risk youth. My current postdoctoral work with Dr. Budney and Dr. Lord, at the Center for Technology and Behavioral Health (CTBH), focuses on investigating the complex interplay between addiction and anxiety psychopathology, and also the use of emerging technologies in the development and dissemination of behavioral interventions. My work with Dr. Budney focuses on cannabis use broadly, with projects that involve social media to recruit and survey large samples of cannabis users to examine emerging trends in cannabis administration and use, as well as a clinical trial focused on treatment of adolescents for problems related to cannabis use. My work with Dr. Lord involves the use of technology-delivered assessments and interventions targeting substance use. We are working on a CTBH pilot grant focused on developing a prototype for an adolescent digital technology intervention in collaboration with a team of computer scientists at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (ic3d team).
PhD in Experimental Psychology, Washington State University, 2016
In general, my research interests aim to examine how drug addiction impacts emotion and cognition differently in men and women, and how sex hormones contribute to these differences. While working on my PhD, I evaluated how chronic alcohol consumption altered endocannabinoid-related genes in male and female rats, as well as how estrogens influenced these genetic changes in females. Currently, I am working under the supervision of Dr. Alan Green, evaluating how cannabis use alters brain reward pathways in individuals with schizophrenia. I hope to extend my knowledge of sex differences in addiction to this current work, in order to better understand how drugs of abuse impact psychiatric illnesses in men and women.