I am an interdisciplinary scholar who studies cultural processes of human development. I received my B.A. in Psychology (Italian minor) from Miami University in 2006, and Ph.D. in Psychology from Clark University in 2014. Since then, I have been Assistant Professor 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.