I’m a postdoctoral researcher at UT Austin working with Elliot Tucker-Drob.
In my research, I ask an eternal, essential human question: What shapes our personalities? By applying modern statistical tools to big datasets, I study how life events, genetic differences, and daily experiences make us into who we are.
I also like baseball, crosswords, skateboarding (retired), hip-hop history, and hot sauce.
Here are some examples of the research questions I’ve asked, along with figures that show results of the research. Click the links to read the papers!
Did the US Clean Air Act, which reduced lead emissions, improve personality? How did average levels of personality traits in a county change after atmospheric lead began to be phased out? Did similar changes occur in Europe?
How do people change in openness to experience in the 24 years after they begin college? Do the lower-level traits that comprise openness change in similar ways? How do these traits predict love and work outcomes?
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