Carnegie Mellon University '17
PhD in Social & Health Psychology
Hometown: Ligonier, PA
Research Interests: My research focuses on psychological and biological pathways linking mind and body. How do our thoughts and feelings impact our physical health? Can we effectively train our patterns of thinking in ways that improve health and well-being? My dissertation work tested psychological pathways explaining how mindfulness meditation lowers stress and enhances positive emotions, with an emphasis on the role of experiential acceptance in driving these changes. As a postdoctoral fellow at University of Pittsburgh, I'm investigating biological pathways linking mindfulness meditation with physical health outcomes. I continue to collaborate on projects in the Health & Human Performance Lab.
Fun Fact: One day I hope to be an excellent tango dancer!