Psychological Scientist | Ph.D. Candidate at Emory University
Certain personality traits, thinking styles, and motivations give rise to harmful political attitudes and behaviors, such as violence, extreme partisanship, and authoritarianism. As a Ph.D. Candidate in psychology at Emory University, my research leverages the tools and expertise of personality psychology, mathematical and statistical modeling, and clinical science to accurately assess and understand the psychological causes and correlates of these attitudes and behaviors. Delving into these topics has convinced me that few skills are more important for both social scientists and informed citizens than the ability to think critically, formulate useful questions, communicate clearly, and approach those we disagree with empathetically.
During my graduate training, I have authored 16 peer-reviewed scientific publications, including first-authored articles in leading psychology journals such as the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology and Social Psychological and Personality Science.
My work has appeared in major media outlets such as the New York Times, the Hill, the New Statesman, Morning Consult, and the New York Post and has been viewed and discussed by many hundreds of thousands of individuals on social media (e.g., the front page of Reddit, "viral" tweet threads, and so on).
Over the course of my career, I hope to continue to build an interdisciplinary program of research devoted to understanding the psychology of political acrimony and extremism.
I find it quite fun to design and construct scientific figures. Here are a few that I'm particularly proud of (open code coming soon)!
Clinical Psychology, M.A.
I completed my Master's degree in 2018.
Binghamton University, State University of New York
Psychology and Philosophy, B.A.
I graduated from Binghamton University in 2016 with bachelor's degrees in Psychology and Philosophy. As a sophomore, I began working as a research assistant and honors student in Dr. Steven Jay Lynn's laboratory, leading an experimental study of the relation between belief in free will and depressive symptomatology.