I am an Assistant Professor of Psychology at California State University, Monterey Bay. My research blends cognitive science and social psychology in the realms of spatial cognition and human depiction in popular media. I currently have two lines of research. The first line aims to better understand how people think about and use physical space in the realm of social relationships and interactions. The second examines how visual depictions of the human body, in various media, influence perceptions of physical and intellectual abilities. I have published in the areas of social distance, language use, human gesture, sexism in the media, as well as judgment and decision making. I hold an A.A. in Liberal Studies from the College of the Sequoias, a B.A. and M.A. in Experimental Psychology from California State University, Fresno, and both an M.S. in Social and Cognitive Sciences and a Ph.D. in Cognitive and Information Sciences from University of California, Merced. I am a first-generation college graduate, and was born and raised in California’s central San Joaquin Valley.


2014: Doctor of Philosophy (Cognitive and Information Sciences) – UC Merced

2011: Master of Science (Social and Cognitive Sciences) – UC Merced

2005: Master of Arts (Experimental Psychology) – Fresno State

2002: Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) – Fresno State

2000: Associate of Arts (Liberal Studies) – College of the Sequoias

Current University Service:

Senator, CSUMB Academic Senate (2015-2019)

Appointed Senator, CSUMB Committee on Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity (2018-2019)

Planning Committee Member & Judge, Central California Research Symposium (2014-2020)

Community Service:

Vice Chair, Monterey County Equal Opportunity and Civil Rights Advisory Commission (2019 – present)

Commissioner, Monterey County Equal Opportunity Advisory Commission (2016-2018)

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