I am a first-year doctoral student working under the mentorship of Dr. Peter Molenaar and Dr. Sy-Miin Chow. My research interests are in applying and developing quantitative methods to better understand the underlying mechanisms involved in depressive and suicidal actions and behavior in adolescence through young adulthood. To that effect, I am currently applying Latent and Residual Network models (RNM+LNM) to personality and depressive measures.

Before coming to Penn State, I received my Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Psychology as well as my Master’s of Arts degree in Experimental Psychology from the California State University at Fullerton. My past research falls under the domain of Item Response Theory. Specifically, on the topics of test equating, measurement invariance, and automating model selection to circumvent issues of indeterminacy in model selection.