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  • Assistant Professor of Psychology
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Education

  • B.S. (Honors) in Psychology, Brown University, 2004 Magna Cum Laude
  • M.S. in Clinical Psychology, Yale University, 2008
  • M.Phil. in Clinical Psychology, Yale University, 2009
  • Certificate in College Teaching Preparation, Yale University, 2011
  • Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, Yale University, 2011

Biography

Globally, my program of research focuses on the causes and consequences of substance use, with foci on alcohol and tobacco use.

Research

I currently have two lines of research. My first focuses on improving our understanding of the environmental, cognitive, and physiological factors that confer risk for initiating alcohol use at an early age, quickly progressing to heavy drinking, and experiencing alcohol-related problems during adolescence and emerging adulthood. Specifically, I am interested in how the effects of alcohol individuals anticipate experiencing as a result of drinking (i.e., alcohol expectancies), the actual profile of effects they experience during a drinking episode (i.e., subjective experience), and their past experiences of positive and negative drinking consequences impact drinking related behavior. My second line of research focusses on the use of tobacco products. Specifically, I am interested in developing effective smoking cessation interventions, with a focus on novel approaches to implementation. I also study the use of modified risk tobacco products, especially portable electronic vaporizing devices like electronic cigarettes/vape pens.