I am an interdisciplinary scholar who studies cultural processes of human development. I received my Ph.D. in Psychology from Clark University in 2014, M.A. in Psychology from Clark University in 2011, and B.A. in Psychology (Italian minor) from Miami University in 2006. Since 2014, I have been a faculty member in the Department of Child and Family Science at California State University, Fresno.

Theoretically and methodologically grounded in developmental psychology, cultural psychology, anthropology, and religious studies, I conduct mixed methods research in diverse cultural contexts. As a teacher and mentor, I guide my students in understanding how youth development is socially, culturally, and historically constructed, as well as how youth negotiate and create culture.