Undergraduate Institution: Guilford College
Research Interests: My research interests focus on issues involved in the classification, structure, and assessment of psychopathology, such as:
- What distinguishes pathological symptoms from normative experiences, and how are those symptoms related to one another and to other contextual factors (such as individual and group differences)
- Which taxonomic models of psychopathology best describe true, scientifically valid disorders?
- What are the most feasible and empirically valid methods to assess and measure psychopathology?
- What factors (such as social dynamics, cognitive processes, and personality characteristics) pose threats to the reliability and validity of self, informant, and clinician assessments; and how might those those sources of error be mitigated?
I am also interested in broader issues in scientific research, such as philosophy of science, research design and methodology, and dissemination and communication of research findings.
Mentor: David Watson