Associate Professor, Director of Addiction Counseling
PhD: UCLA 2006
Area of Specialization: Clinical Psychology with a Minor in Quantitative Psychology and a Specialization in Genetics and Genomics
Teaching Courses: Psy 670 Psychological Measurement-Personality
Monday- | Tuesday- | Wednesday- | Thursday- | Friday- | By Appointment- X
Current Research: I conduct thematic research that focuses on the etiology and negative outcomes of sensation seeking, emotion dysregulation and impulsivity across the lifespan. More specifically, I study how certain genotypes and personality types influence the onset and course of disorders and the engagement in risky behaviors, such as drug misuse, risky sexual behavior, and delinquency in adolescence and young adulthood. I employ advanced multivariate statistical techniques to further understanding of the complex relations among genes, personality types, psychopathology, and risky behavior as causal mechanisms of negative outcomes such as substance dependence, contraction of sexually transmitted infections, injury, incarceration, and death. Ultimately, the goal of my research is to further understanding of how prevention and intervention efficacy vary as a function of the interplay of genetic, personality, and environmental factors.