I am an Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream in the Psychology Department at the University of Toronto. I attended UC Berkeley on a Regents’ Scholarship, completing my BA in Classical Languages, with a minor in Music. I also spent my junior year abroad at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. I completed my PhD on the effects of stimulants on learning and memory at UC San Diego, supported by an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, as well as an NIH NRSA for Individual Predoctoral Fellows. I then completed four years of postdoctoral training at Columbia University, supported by an NIH T32 Research Training Grant.
I teach undergraduate courses in the Brain and Behaviour area of the department. I am also pursuing several lines of inquiry related to the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL). Currently, I am blending my interests in psychopharmacology, learning, and pedagogy by investigating the use of pharmacological compounds by university students for the purpose of cognitive enhancement.
As my own career path was somewhat circuitous, with employment ranging from programming at a start-up to street outreach at a homeless shelter for teenagers, I am interested in helping undergraduates begin to explore their own career paths. I strive to help them frame the skills they learn at U of T in the context of a range of career options.