History & Education. I am originally from Minnesota. 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 of Psychology at Georgia Southern University (Statesboro Campus), where I teach and conduct research now. I live with my wife in Pooler, Georgia.
Teaching. I frequently teach a variety of content courses (e.g., personality, social psychology) and technical courses (e.g., research methods, research design). The research design course is a graduate level class. I incorporate a variety of quantitative methods into my courses. Recently, I have begun including more meta-science topics in my courses, given the direction of the field. I take tremendous pride in teaching and mentoring the next generation.
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 extension of my interests, I have gone on a few explorations into language analysis and individual differences more generally. Download my research papers here; visit my Google Scholar Profile here.