PhD, University of California, Davis
M.A., University of California, Davis
BS, University of New Mexico
Area(s) of Expertise
Evolutionary Psychology, Psychobiology
My research background is in evolutionary psychology. I am most interested in the integration of ultimate and proximate explanations of human social cognitive traits. My specific work focuses on human mate preferences, ovulatory effects, & individual differences in psychometric intelligence, creativity, & other conspicuous behavioral displays.
I teach several undergraduate courses offered by the department including Foundations of Psychology, Seminar in Social Psychology, Seminar in Biological Psychology, and an upcoming course in Inquiries into Psychological Science. I also teach the Honors Foundations course offered through the University Honors Program.
My teaching interests can be categorized into the following:
- Neuroscience — evolutionary, social cognitive, behavioral, & neuro-endocrinology, pharmacology & pathology.
- Hominin evolution — adaptationist perspectives of behavior, life history traits, comparative primate social cognition, moral reasoning & behavior, comparative neurobiology, sexual selection & mate preferences, genomic imprinting, Darwinian medicine, brain evolution & uniqueness in the human genome, & complexity science & emergence.
- Individual variation in behavior — genetic & epigenetic regulation of neural development, prenatal environmental effects, infant social intuitions, attachment & social influences on neuroplasticity, dispositional and contextual factors, memory, person perception, substance use, psychometric intelligence, & mate preferences.
- Mindfulness & contemplative practices — contemplative neuroscience, Buddhist psychology (vipassana and metta practices), default mode, automaticity & self-projection, & mindfulness based cognitive therapy.
Department of Psychology
125 Nightingale Hall