I come from the wintry land of Michigan, though I currently reside in Richmond VA, where I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University. At VCU, I am also the Director of the Social Psychology Graduate Program, and the Director of the Social Psychology and Neuroscience Laboratory. In my research, I am passionate about understanding why people hurt each other.
My motivation to understand human aggression grew in my undergraduate education at Warren Wilson College in North Carolina. After graduation, I honed my research skills in the University of Michigan's Aggression Research Group and as a lab manager at the University of Texas at Austin. In 2016, I completed my doctorate in Social Psychology at the University of Kentucky under the guidance of Dr. Nathan DeWall. I have synthesized these experiences in psychological and neural science to better understand aggressive behavior.