Welcome to my website! I am a senior lecturer in the University of Melbourne Graduate School of Education, in the new Centre for Positive Psychology. A summa cum laude graduate from Arizona State University, I received my doctorate in psychology in June 2010 from the University of California, Riverside, and received postdoctoral training at the University of Pennsylvania Positive Psychology Center.
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) evaluating sophisticated theories of psychosocial processes underlying health over time, (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. 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; I am now enjoying simply being active and experiencing the world around me. My current focus is training for the Ballarat 1/2 Ironman in December.
Take a few minutes to learn more about my research, teaching, and other interests through the links at the top of this page.