I grew up in the northern part of Washington. Later, I found myself in Moscow, Idaho for my undergraduate education at the University of Idaho. Therein, I received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with an emphasis in Family, Health, and Business. While there, I participated in two different research capacities. The first was in a research lab under the supervision of Rajal Cohen, Ph.D. The research topics included postural alignment, metabolic cost, and cognition. The second was in the Counseling and Testing Center (CTC) at the University of Idaho. At the CTC, I had two mentors: Sharon Fritz, Ph.D., and Chuck Morrison, Ph.D. I participated in the education of the student body on diverse psychological topics, collected data as a means to understand the general student population, and learned about different biofeedback tools. After graduating from the University of Idaho, my wife and I moved to the Bay Area for me to attend the Ph.D. program at Palo Alto University. At Palo Alto University, I earned my M.S. in Clinical Psychology, and am currently a Doctoral Candidate in Clinical Psychology. My present research interests consist of trauma, PTSD, anxiety, depression, stress, alcohol abuse, and cognitive function. More specifically, I am interested in military trauma as well as how childhood trauma (e.g., emotional abuse and neglect) affects the individual as an adult (e.g., cognitive function, personality, ability to regulate emotion, and psychopathology). My future career goal is to work as a clinical psychologist in the VA setting in order to help veterans overcome the distress that accompanies traumatic experiences. I can also see myself working in a teaching capacity as a professor later in my career. Self-care is an important component in our graduate studies. One activity that serves in this capacity for me is art and music. I also enjoy playing piano, guitar, and singing.
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