Welcome to my website!
I am a senior lecturer at the Centre for Positive Psychology within the University of Melbourne's Graduate School of Education. I was originally trained in social, personality, and developmental psychology. I received a BA in Psychology from Arizona State University, with minors in Spanish and Communication. I earned a Masters and PhD in social/ personality psychology from the University of California, Riverside, with additional postdoctoral training at the University of Pennsylvania.
My research addresses the question of who flourishes and why. More specifically, my research focuses on several related areas: (a) understanding and measuring healthy functioning, (b) understanding psychosocial processes that impact health trajectories (c) big data approaches to psychological study, and (d) whole school approaches to wellbeing. I incorporate a lifespan perspective, innovative quantitative methods, and interdisciplinary collaboration throughout my research. I have published over 70 articles and chapters, and two newly released books. For details on my research and projects, see my research page.
I strive to live out a healthy lifestyle. I enjoy being active - running, cycling, and other outdoor activities. I have enjoyed periods of competition, including winning the Charlottesville Marathon and numerous smaller races, and completing the Ballarat half Ironman in 2016. I am now enjoying simply being active and experiencing the world around me.
Take a few minutes to learn more about my research, teaching, and other interests through the links at the top of this page.