My interest in research began during my time as an undergraduate at the College of William and Mary. My first lab experience was in a psychophysiology lab studying attention and perception of different social groups, where I worked as an undergraduate research assistant for 5 semesters. After completing my undergraduate degree, I moved into a position as a clinical research coordinator at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, primarily working on pharmaceutical industry-sponsored drug trials.
My current research, in the department of Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise, focuses on neurobehavioral and neurophysiological responses to exercise interventions. Specifically, I am interested in how acute and long-term exercise can enhance neurobehaviors in healthy and clinical populations. I take multiple approaches to answer this question, conducting research in human populations as well as rodent models.
My varied research background has given me a unique and broad range of skills that I can apply to my future work.