I was born and raised in Green Bay, Wisconsin. After receiving my BA in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, I spent three years working as the lab manager for Dr. Brad Postle. In 2015, I began my PhD at the University of California, Davis, where I obtained my MA in Psychology. In 2018, I transferred to the University of Arizona to continue working with my PhD advisor, Dr. Arne Ekstrom.

As a first-generation college student from a low-income family, and the only member of my family to pursue a doctoral degree, I am proud to advocate for advancing diversity in research and academia.

In my personal life, I enjoy biking, craft beer, coffee, and especially biking to drink craft beer or coffee. Everything is better when I am spending time with my lovely wife Kimmy, our daughter Brienna, and our dogs, Pepper PhD and Monty.