I began my graduate studies at UCSB in 2012, and my research is often at the intersection of social and health psychology. I received my B.A. in psychology from the University of Southern California, and spent two years after my undergraduate education conducting psychology research at Loyola Marymount University. My specific research interests center on why people persistently engage in maladaptive behaviors such as excessive drinking, or why people choose to avoid potentially beneficial information. I am also interested in how individuals reason about collective action behaviors with regard to the environment. Outside of the lab I love backpacking in the Sierras and competing in triathlons.