Welcome to my profile page. Here you can learn a little about my academic background and my current research interests.
My degree is in Clinical Psychology. I completed both my B.A. in Psychology and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University at Buffalo under the guidance of Larry Hawk, Ph.D.. I completed a clinical intership at the University of Mississippi Medical Center - Jackson VA Consortium in Jackson, MS and completed a 2-year post-doctoral program focused on PTSD and Addiction research at the University of Mississippi Medical Center under the guidance of Scott Coffey, Ph.D..
My current research focuses on studying smoking behavior. Specifically I am interested in attentional and emotional aspects of nicotine addiction. This includes studying the effect of nicotine on attentional and emotional processes in both smokers and non-smokers and assessing cue-reactivity to smoking cues in both general smoking populations and in specific populations where smoking is comorbid with other psychiatric disorders, such as post-traumatic stress disorder. I am currently collaborating with the Multidisciplinary Vision Research Laboratory here at RIT to incorporate mobile eye-tracking into cue-reactivity paradigms. I frequently use psychophysiological research methods to study attention and emotion processing; measures such as the startle eye-blink reflex, facial emg, heartrate, and skin conductance responses. In addition to studying smoking behavior and nicotine addiction I have studied attentional and emotional processing in borderline personality disorder populations and have done work studying the effect of incentives on basic attentional processes. To see a list of my publications, please click on the link to my curriculum vitae located to the left.
Here at RIT I typically teach Introduction to Psychology, Psychophysiology, Psychopharmacology, Biological Basis of Mental Disorders, Behavior Modification, and Brain and Behavior.