I did my undergraduate work at Grand Valley State University in Michigan. I majored in psychology and also minored in criminal justice. I developed a deep passion for psychology after taking an into course my freshman year. Throughout the next several years, I took many different psychology classes and developed a wide range of interests within the field. My junior year however, I took a health psychology class and immediately knew I wanted to become a health psychologist. I found the mind-body connection fascinating, and my interest continues to grow as I delve more into the literature. My primary research interests consist of three main areas. First, I am interested in the social influences on sleep. This relationship is complex and not yet well understood. Specifically, I am interested the bidirectional influences of marital interactions and sleep, especially during the postpartum period. Second, I am involved in a number of projects involving sleep hygiene. In other words, what is the cyclical nature between our daytime behaviors and nighttime sleep? Lastly, I am interested in the relationships between sleep, diet, and physical activity.
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Website: NDSU SLEEP Lab