I began my research and teaching career as an undergraduate at Oberlin College where I majored in neuroscience and biology. After Oberlin, I worked at Harvard Medical School, conducting MRI research with Dr. Jill Goldstein. That work piqued my interest in sex differences and the impact of social environment on behavior and disease.
In 2004, I joined Emory University's neuroscience program as a graduate student. I spent the next several years working with Dr. Larry J. Young and monogamous prairie voles (Microtus ochrogaster) to explore the impact of early life family environment on the development of adult social and emotional behaviors, as well as the neural systems that underlie these behaviors. During this time, I also developed an avid interest in teaching undergraduates and was awarded with a Scholarly Inquiry & Research at Emory graduate fellowship and a Dean's Teaching Fellowship.
After earning my PhD, I accepted a postdoctoral position with Nancy G. Forger at the Center for Neuroendocrine Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and began two projects, one assessing postnatal cell death in the developing mouse brain and one investigating epigenetic differences between male and female brains. These projects aim to help us understand the developmental processes that lead to sexual differentiation of the brain.
In 2011, I became an assistant professor in the department of psychology and behavioral neuroscience program at Quinnipiac University. At QU, I teach a range of courses, from Introduction to Psychology to Physiological Psychology and Drugs, Brain and Behavior. I am also continuing work on sexual differentiation and have re-initiated my investigations of early family environment and the development of adult social and emotional behaviors.
I currently chair of the Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology's website committee, referee for select journals, and serve on several QU committees.