I am an Assistant Professor at the Rutgers University School of Criminal Justice.
My research, utilizing both quantitative and qualitative methods, examines discretion in the criminal justice system and how it may affect responses to criminal offending, specifically in courts. I particularly focus on how social contexts and societal attitudes toward psychiatric disorders and research on biological influences to behavior may affect the justice process and legal decision-making.
I received my Ph.D. in Criminology from the University of Pennsylvania. Before Penn, I graduated from Harvard University with a B.A. in Government and Mind, Brain, and Behavior, and I served as a CIRGE research fellow at Stanford University.
RESEARCH INTERESTS: Law and Society, Criminal Justice, Legal Decision-Making, Courts, Mental Health, Law and Psychiatry/Psychology/Neuroscience/Genetics, Sex Offenders, Implications of Biosocial Criminology, Qualitative and Quantitative Empirical Methods