I study the neuroscience of behavior change. My approach is interdisciplinary and multimodal: I use diverse methods (e.g., genomics, pharmacological manipulation, functional and structural neuroimaging, real-time neurofeedback, eye tracking) to resolve the biological signals that describe individual behavior. By characterizing the neural mechanisms supporting learning, cognitive control, and decision making, I develop robust models of behavior that can inform more effective behavior change interventions across the continuum of health.

My current research focuses on three questions:

    1. How does motivational context shape learning and decision making?
    2. What drives individual differences in goal-directed decision making?
    3. Can computational cognitive neuroscience approaches identify novel, neurally-informed targets for more precise, personalized behavioral change intervention?

Selected works in progress

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