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). From 2015-2016 I worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Aberdeen, where I studied the psychology of being forgotten in social interactions. Currently I work at the University of Texas at Austin, where I study how romantic partners' personality characteristics influence how people cope with stress.  

In my free time, I enjoy traveling, eating out, hiking, biking, and playing with my dog and two cats.