I’m an assistant professor of behavioral science at York College, CUNY (City University of New York) with previous stints as an assistant professor of psychology at Manchester University (IN) and adjunct professor at Baruch College, CUNY, and Barnard College (NYC).
I earned my BA in psychology at New York University, conducting research in the lab of Elizabeth Phelps. I further honed my research skills at the Department of Psychology, Harvard University, as a lab manager/research assistant with Jason Mitchell, before completing my PhD in neuroscience at Weill Cornell Medical College (NYC) under the tutelage of BJ Casey.
Prior to entering academia, I spent many years as a NYC-based professional touring and studio musician.
At York , I’m currently teaching courses in statistics and experimental methods. I also run an NIH-funded psychophysiology lab where students and I carry out research. In the lab, my students and I study emotional learning and memory processes, with a focus on classical fear conditioning as a model paradigm. Current studies are mostly centered around exploring factors that impact acquisition and regulation of conditioned fear. A primary goal of the research is to understand the role that emotional learning processes and associated neural mechanisms play in the development of fear-related disorders such as PTSD and phobia, with the hope that this research will set the stage for better diagnosis and more effective clinical treatments.
I occasionally blog about the brain/mind/teaching here