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  • Western Michigan University, 2013, PhD
  • Western Michigan University, 2010, MA
  • Allegheny College, 2007, BS

Research Interests

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Alcohol Use Disorder, Resilience, Empirically Supported Treatments for PTSD

Research Description

My program of research centers on the characterization of biologic, genetic, and psychosocial underpinnings of the effects of trauma, primarily post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), alcohol use disorder (AUD), and related processes such as fear conditioning. The long-term goal of this work is the characterization of underlying processes involved in the comorbidity and maintenance of these and related phenotypes in order to support translation into clinically meaningful findings.

Active Projects

Characterizing the Genetic Architecture and Risk for PPCS, PTSD, and AUD in a Longitudinal Military Cohort (DoD TP230074)

Synthesizing Aggregate Genetic and Laboratory Data to Inform Upon Risk Underlying AUD and PTSD Comorbidity (VCU Quest Award)

Recently Completed Projects

Deployment Experiences and Health Study (part of Overlap in Genetic and Learning-Based Mechanisms for AUD and PTSD (NIAAA K01 AA025692)

Functional Relations Between Alcohol Use and Mental/Physical Health in the Wake of the COVID-19 Pandemic (NIAAA K01 AA025692-03S1)


Selected Publications

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