Undergraduate Institution: BA Psychology and BS Criminal Justice, certificates in pre-law, crime scene investigation and professional & public writing at Florida International University.
Research Interests: My research interests are in personality, personality disorders and forensic assessment. Specifically, I am interested in pathological personality traits and criminal behavior. With that in mind, I am particularly interested the structure of dark, malevolent personality traits and the Dark Triad (an area in psychology that investigates three pathological personality constructs: narcissism, Machiavellianism, and psychopathy). Current measures of these constructs have been developed primarily with men in mind. I want to explore the relationship between the Dark Triad personality dimensions and gender. I want to understand why narcissism for example, is a personality construct commonly observed in fatal females. Research on the overlap in these Dark Triad traits is especially important for understanding gender differences in propensities for anti-social behavior, aggression, manipulation, sexual deviancy, and violent behavior.
Mentor: Dr. David Watson