I received my Ph.D. in Cognitive and Biological Psychology from the University of Minnesota. In my graduate work, I developed and tested preclinical models to identify biological and behavioral factors that mediate the vulnerability to and treatment of substance use disorders (SUD). As a postdoctoral clinical researcher, I elucidated important factors that mediate SUD treatment receptivity such as motivations and expectancies regarding the use of drugs to self-medicate anxiety symptoms. I am an adult psychologist with a focus on comorbid substance use and anxiety-related disorders, and cognitive, psychological, and psychophysiological factors that mediate treatment receptivity. My current work focuses on the development and testing of translational models that combine preclinical methods of assessing biological stress system function with clinical SUD treatment methods.
- Comorbid substance use
- Anxiety-related disorders
(for academic support only)
In the Media
- 2023: Featured in this Minnesota Daily article titled, “UMN study identifies primary predictors of lawyer suicide ideation.”
- 2022: Received a mention in StreetInsider.com for a study he co-led in an article titled, "California Lawyers Association and D.C. Bar Announce More Findings from Groundbreaking Study on Attorney Mental Health and Well-Being".
- 2022: Co-led the research team cited in this Global Legal Post article: "Undervalued lawyers more likely to suffer well-being issues, study finds".
- 2021: Featured in this American Bar Association Journal piece titled, "More female than male lawyers are engaging in risky drinking, new study finds".
Comorbidity; Alcohol Use Disorder; Anxiety Disorders; Drinking to Cope; Drinking Motives; Network Analysis