I was born in Charlottesville, VA, but moved outside of Harrisburg, PA when I was two years old because my parents, Dave and Vonny, thought it was important to be close to extended family. I have a younger sister, Sara, and a younger brother, Matthew, who have been built-in best friends throughout my life. I went to Cumberland Valley High School and graduated in 2005.
I went to undergrad at Elizabethtown College in Elizabethtown, PA. While there, I completed B.A. degrees in both Psychology and Music, graduating in 2009 with Honors in both disciplines and as a member of the Hershey Foods Honors Program.
Before attending graduate school, I spent time working with Dr. Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic at Goldsmith College, University of London on research relating to individual differences in motives for listening to music.
I now have come full-circle back to Charlottesville, VA where I am a third-year graduate student in Cognitive Psychology at U.Va. My research interests involve the intersection of music and psychology, especially focused on auditory perception. In C-ville, I also sing as a member of the adult choir at Westminster Presbyterian Church and volunteer weekly with the Pre-K and Kindergarten Sunday School classes at Westminster.