WHO I AM
I am Postdoc with an interest in research that combines criminological theory with psychological insight and public policy.
In my current role as a Postdoc, I lead the Virtual Burglary Project - Pennsylvania.. In this project, I sought to examine how environmental features affect perceptions of the risks and rewards of criminal opportunities. Specifically, how the physical features of a residence influence a burglar's perceptions of the risks and rewards of breaking into a house. By working diligently with key stakeholders in the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, I collected data from 160 incarcerated burglars over the course of 6 months. The data comes not only in the form of subjective evaluations of target residences, but rich contextual interviews, as well as eye-tracking and location tracking within the virtual neighborhood. Aside from theoretical contributions, these results also show great applied value regarding how one can reduce their chances of burglary victimization.
I completed my PhD at the University of Cambridge in which my thesis focused on integrating individual differences alongside situational factors to better understand criminal decision-making. My thesis resulted in several publications that can be found in the publications tab.
In addition to my own research, I have initiated several collaborations. For example, I was able to lend my methodological expertise to help design experimental and data collection protocols to isolate and assess the unique effects of a game-based intervention targeting the spread of misinformation and online extremism. I remain close with the Cambridge Social Decision-making Lab.
I have always been passionate about integrating criminological theory and psychological insights, and applying such findings to the real world by working in tandem with practitioners on the ground. For example, using data collected through interviews and extensive literature reviews, I managed a project evaluating the impact of a community driven program that sought to positively influence the lives of at-risk youth. The results are still used today to obtain funding to continue to serve their community. Additionally, in the past I have conducted independent research with local probation offices to establish and implement an evidence-based risk assessment.
Feel free to contact me to discuss the research topics you’re interested in and to find out more about the work I do. I am currently available for remote guest lectures or presentations as well as collaborations.