I am a cognitive psychologist with 10+ years of research experience. I have a passion for psychology, design, data, statistics, and programming.
My research background involves a breadth of experience at the cognitive and behavioral levels of analysis. A core focus has been understanding how people process information. I have extensively studied factors that moderate learning and the quality of human decision-making (e.g., prior experiences, personal beliefs, motivation, expertise, ambiguity/complexity of information, & information search strategies). Additionally, I've studied how states of consciousness (e.g., fatigue, circadian rhythms) affect information processing.
I live in Portland, Oregon with my wife and two dogs.
One area of my research is how prior experiences, beliefs, and motivation affect learning, reasoning, and decision-making. My master's thesis at San José State University examined individual's ability to critically assess arguments with equivalent logical fallacies that either supported or opposed human-caused climate change. This project was published in Thinking & Reasoning. My master's thesis at the University of Pittsburgh examined how personal motivations affect our ability to learn cause-effect relationships in dynamic environments. This project was published in Cognitive Science.
Additionally, I have studied the development and maintenance of expertise, which was the topic of my comprehensive examination in my PhD program. This project involved conducting a literature review to examine the psychological factors that affect expertise in practicing physicians. This project, that was co-lead with several other scientists, led to 5 published manuscripts and the creation of a special issue on the cognitive science of medical expertise.
Prior to my doctoral work, I was a research associate within NASA's Human Systems Integretion Division, studying topics related to human performance. I examined questions like what factors reduce human performance and how to create environments and situations conducive to peak performance. One of the bigger projects I worked on within the Fatigue Countermeasures Laboratory involved producing recommendations for the sleep environments in future long-duration space missions.
My dissertation was awarded a competive grant (Mellon Fellowship) to examine the psychology of collective decision-making and voting. In this project I designed four studies to examine people's preferences, understanding, and metacognition for different voting systems. This involved creating a novel framework that accomplished four interrelated goals: 1) introduce different voting systems to people in an understandable way, 2) measure people's preferences for voting systems in different ways of measuring preferences--one from intuitive choices in a behavioral task and the other from stated preferences after learning the names of different voting systems, 3) assess people's understanding of different voting systems, 4) be used to implement evidence-based teaching interventions.
Personal Hobbies & Interests
In my free hours I enjoy spending time with a number of hobbies and interests including: music (listening, playing, concerts, audio gear), hockey, hiking, programming, statistics, and design-related side-projects, baking, food fermentation, watching interviews & lectures, deep diving into seemingly random topics, and picking up new hobbies (my latest one is rock climbing).