Education: B.A. Psychology and B.S. Criminal Justice, certificates in pre-law, crime scene investigation, and professional & public writing from Florida International University (FIU), and National Science Foundation Graduate Research (NSF-GRFP) Fellow.
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 in the structure and expression of dark, malevolent personality traits (e.g., psychopathy, sadism, callous lack of empathy, malignant narcissism, and rigid perfectionism). Using item response theory (IRT), latent trait modeling (LTM), and differential item functioning (DIF), I want to explore the relationship between these dark personality dimensions and antisocial behavior in gender, and Autism Spectrum Disorders. Research on the overlap in these dark traits is especially important for understanding individual differences in propensities for antisocial behavior, manipulation, sexual deviancy, and aggressive or violent behavior.
Advisor: Dr. David Watson