I am a doctoral candidate in clinical science in the Department of Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley. My research is primarily focused on anticipation of reward and the temporal experience of pleasure (e.g. anticipatory and consummatory). To that end, I have compared the aniticpation and receipt of different types of reward on a neural level using fMRI, and am currently developing and validating a self-report measure of the temporal experience of social pleasure. I am also currently designing an experiment to measure the continuous, online experience of affect and emotion in a population with and without schizophrenia.
In the context of clinical work, I primarily do academic/educational, psychological, and neuropsychological assessments in children and adults. We work in the model of therapeutic assessments such that the client is an active participant in the process from beginning to end.
Prior to joining the wonderful world of academia, I spent most of my time painting, taking apart old VW bugs, learning how to build guitars, gardening/landscaping, and being an iron worker. Currently, when not in the lab or clinic, I spend as much time as I possibly can with my partner and our beautiful sons.