As a postdoctoral fellow in the Sleep and Inflammatory Systems Laboratory (mentors: Dr. Monika Haack & Dr. Janet Mullington), my research focuses on cortical and autonomic mechanisms of mind-body interventions (such as mindfulness meditation) for insomnia and cardiovascular health outcomes. Better sleep & reduced stress make for better health & interpersonal interactions. My vision is to ultimately contribute to a better understanding of stress physiology--in daily life as well as nightly sleep--and how to enhance wellness both individually and more broadly as a connected society. What would the world look like if we all slept a little better?
I am also a Licensed Psychologist in Massachusetts and maintain a clinical practice, having served in the past year as an interventionist on the Harvard Football Players Health Study providing brief behavioral therapy for insomnia (BBTI) and currently serving as a sleep education facilitator for cancer survivors.
Education and Training: I received a BA in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2010, working in the sleep research laboratories of Dr. Ruth Benca, Dr. David Plante, and Dr. Giulio Tononi, using high-density EEG to examine sleep and waking electrophysiology in healthy and clinical populations, as well as in the Laboratory for Affective Neuroscience of Dr. Richard Davidson on a project investigating the effects of long-term meditation practice on brain functioning. I then completed doctoral training in Clinical Psychology in 2019 at the University of Arizona under mentorship of Dr. Richard Bootzin and Dr. John Allen, continuing the line of sleep research I began at UW-Madison while adding an interest in stress physiology and yogic breathing interventions. This course of training has also been benefitted by collaborations with research groups at the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, Northwestern, Stanford, and Brown. See my "Research" page for current work.