My passion for research began at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, where I received my bachelor's degree in 2006. After Southwestern, I honed my quantitative and methodological skills in a masters of experimental psychology program at the University of Texas at San Antonio. During my masters training, I began to study close relationships, particularly communication and idealization in romantic relationships and sexual risk taking. In 2015, I received my Ph.D. from the University at Buffalo, SUNY, where I trained under the guidance of Drs. Sandra Murray and Shira Gabriel. My research program examines how people's personal goal pursuits outside their relationships influence their goal pursuits in their relationships (and vice versa). After my PhD, I spent two years doing postdoctoral research at the University of Aberdeen and the University of Texas at Austin.
I am currently a user experience researcher at HomeAway, where I draw on my deep understanding of relationship dynamics and scientific methods to study the trust and safety needs of property owners and travelers.
I live in Austin, TX with my husband Travis, son Ian, dog Boris, and cat Avi.