I am a research psychologist and psychology professor. My current research focuses on traditional nature connection practices and mindfulness meditation. In the past, I have published research on group dynamics, mindfulness, creative problem solving, leadership, and group dynamics. My wife and I are also currently forming a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization focused on the intersection of intergenerational community-building, nature connection, and self-directed learning.
I am originally from Southern California. I attended UCLA for my undergraduate studies, where I majored in interpersonal communication, with a minor in Spanish. I then went to Claremont Graduate University, also in Southern California, to complete my doctoral studies in organizational psychology while also doing a dual MBA in their business school. My dissertation focused on the measurement of creative insight experiences and the conditions under which radical insights are likely to emerge. I later did mindfulness, complexity, and social psychology research at Florida Atlantic University (FAU) in a 2-year postdoc. After the postdoc, I was a visiting professor of psychology for 1 year at FAU's honors college before coming to Virginia to begin teaching leadership at Virginia Military Institute.
Aside from being a psychologist, I have also made it a habit of picking up different hobbies and interests over the years. I'm a professional, award-winning magician, meditation practitioner and teacher, MovNat and self-defense trainer, and social dance instructor (west coast swing, latin). But my favorite thing to do is to speak other languages – I speak Spanish and French. I live with my wife and two daughters in Lexington.
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