Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior


My research focuses on genetic and contextual factors contributing to risk for substance use behaviors and stress sensitive sequelae (PTSD, depression). I am also interested in longitudinal models of behavior change surrounding periods of risk and transition in relation to environmental and social context, emotion regulation, and biological influences. I am currently conducting a study (R01DA054116) to examine the interplay between cannabis use and traumatic stress symptoms following acute trauma exposure in a samply of young adults recruited from the hostipal emergency department. The study will also characterize alterations in  fear response and physiology through laboratory tasks and integrates ambulatory sampling of physiology via smartwatch and ecological momentart assessment of symptoms and substance use.

I serve as the Associate Director of the Quantitative Sciences Program at Brown to provide consultation of research design and analysis, as well as training and expertise to faculty and trainees within the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Brown. I received a Ph.D. in Behavioral Science at the University of Rhode Island with a focus in methodology and statistics. I completed a T32 postdoctoral training in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Brown University where my work focused on the integration of genetically informed research and the naturalistic in vivo measurement of behavior using multiple methods (e.g., momentary ecological assessment [EMA], electronically activated recordings [EAR], self-report, computer tasks, psychophysiology, clinical interview).

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