1999: B.S. Biology, University of South Carolina
2008: Ph.D. Genetics, North Carolina State University
My research is focused on genetic and environmental influences on internalizing disorders and substance use (including alcohol and nicotine). I am interested in these traits independently of one another, but also in shared genetic and/or environmental liabilities across traits and potential causal influences of one trait on another. Other general interests include changes in genetic/environmental influences across development (e.g., from adolescent into adulthood) and moderation of genetic effects by environmental factors. I use a variety of statistical genetic methods in my research, including GWAS, standard association tests, and twin modeling.