I am currently a Lecturer in the Department of Psychology at the University of Southern California, where I completed my Ph.D. in August 2018. Before moving to Los Angeles, I completed my B.A. in Psychology at New York University, where I was first introduced to the idea that science could be used as an effective tool to understand (and perhaps even solve) real-world problems.
My dissertation research focused on the genetic and environmental bases of prosociality and I am deeply committed to promoting empathy, inclusion, and social responsibility through my teaching, speaking, and service.
In my free time, I enjoy rock climbing, hanging out with my two (flawless) rehabilitated street pups, trying to perfect my mom's Nicaraguan home-cooking, and unabashedly living up to my high school superlative ("Most Likely to Color-Code Her Plans to Grassroots Resistance").
News and Updates
November 2018: Accepted new position as a Lecturer in the Department of Psychology at the University of Southern California
November 2018: Received Teaching Resources Award from the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (Div. 9 of the American Psychological Association)
August 2018: Dissertation defended and PH.DONE. (I'm finally a doctor, y'all!)
June 2018: Accepted new position as an Assistant Professor (NTT) of Psychology at Occidental College.
June 2018: Symposium (From One in Four to None in Four: Integrating Sexual Violence Prevention into Introductory Psychology Curricula) accepted for presentation at the 2018 Annual Conference on Teaching
November 2017: Received Award for Excellence in Teaching from USC's Center for Excellence in Teaching
November 2017: Received Provost's Fellowship Travel Award from the USC Graduate School
July 2017: Invited to participate in USC's Future Faculty Teaching Institute
June 2017: Symposium (#TowerSoIvory: Teaching Race and Racism at Predominantly White Institutions) accepted for presentation at the 2017 Annual Conference on Teaching
March 2017: Received an Honorable Mention in the Ford Foundation's Dissertation Completion Fellowship Competition
March 2017: Blog post (The Science of Victim-Blaming) published in The Huffington Post
February 2017: Syllabus (Psychological Science & Society) accepted for inclusion in the Society for Teaching of Psychology's Project Syllabus
December 2016: Syllabus (The Frontal Lobe: From Function to Philosophy) accepted for inclusion in the Society for Teaching of Psychology's Project Syllabus
August 2016: Received Graduate Travel Award from the Society for Personality and Social Psychology
May 2016: Re-elected as Co-President of USC's Graduate Association for Students in Psychology
April 2016: Received the Wilbert J. McKeachie Teaching Excellence Award from the Society for the Teaching of Psychology (Div. 2 of the American Psychological Association)
April 2016: Passed my qualifying exam--officially ABD!
November 2015: Received Award for Excellence in Teaching from USC's Center for Excellence in Teaching
October 2015: Teaching demonstration (A Race to Judge: An Activity for Teaching About Snap Judgments and Racial Microaggressions) accepted for presentation at the 2016 National Institute for the Teaching of Psychology
May 2015: Selected as Chair of the Teaching Assistant Fellows at USC's Center for Excellence in Teaching
May 2015: Elected as Co-President of USC's Graduate Association for Students in Psychology
May 2015: Workshop (Empirically-Informed Activism: Understanding the Science of the Mind to Fight Sexual Violence on College Campuses) accepted for presentation at the 2015 National Sexual Assault Conference
May 2015: Received M.A. in Psychology from USC
April 2015: Received USC's Provost's Mentored Teaching Fellowship for the 2015-2016 academic year
December 2014: Blitz talk (A Thin Slice of the Action: Bringing the Zero-Acquaintance Paradigm to Life) accepted for presentation at the Society for the Teaching of Psychology Pre-Conference at the 2015 Annual Convention of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology
August 2014: Named as a Teaching Assistant Fellow with USC's Center for Excellence in Teaching
May 2014: Elected as Vice President of USC's Graduate Association for Students in Psychology
February 2013: Appointed as a Lead Instructor with USC Summer Programs
September 2012: Began Ph.D. program in Psychology at the University of Southern California
May 2012: Graduated from NYU with B.A. in Psychology and Minors in Child & Adolescent Mental Health Studies and Anthropology
April 2012: Received Doris Aaronson Award for Outstanding Departmental Research from the Department of Psychology at New York University