History & Education. I am originally from Minnesota, and I also lived in Tennessee for five years during my adolescence. I attended Loyola University New Orleans for my undergraduate education, and then I attended Washington University in St. Louis for my Ph.D. in social/personality psychology. Throughout my education, I have had some terrific mentors. You can see my psychology mentor tree here. In Fall 2013, I accepted a position as an Assistant Professor in Statesboro, Georgia at a large rural institution called Georgia Southern University, where I teach and conduct research now. I live with my wife just outside of beautiful Savannah, Georgia.
Teaching. I frequently teach a variety of content courses (e.g., personality, social psychology, and moral psychology) and technical courses (e.g., senior research, research methods, and research design). The research design course is a graduate level class. I incorporate a variety of quantitative methods into my courses, including moderation and mediation. Recently, I have begun including more meta-science topics in my courses (e.g., meta-analysis), given the direction of the field. I take tremendous pride in teaching and mentoring the next generation. You can see my Rate My Professor profile here.
Research. My interests revolve around the “dark triad”, namely Machiavellianism, narcissism, and psychopathy. I am fascinated by where these socially aversive traits come from and how they manifest in everyday life. I aim to understand the cues of these traits–such as personal appearance and linguistic cues. As an outgrowth of my interests, I have gone on a few explorations into language analysis and individual differences more generally. For instance, my colleagues and I created a text analytic system called CASS. Download my research papers here; visit my Google Scholar Profile here.
Free Time. In my free time, I enjoy playing disc golf, traveling to see family, watching sports, and hanging out with my wife and friends. I also pick up a philosophy book now and then.