I was born and raised in Kailua, Hawaii – which is home to two of the world’s most beautiful beaches. I attended the University of Hawaii at Manoa, where I earned my B.A. in Psychology, as well as my M.A. and Ph.D. in Social Psychology. During my time as a graduate student I worked for the University of Hawaii Cancer Center Prevention and Control Program, the National Center for PTSD Pacific Islands Division, and as a teaching assistant, research assistant, and lecturer. After completing my Ph.D. in 2015, I spent three years at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington as a Visiting Assistant Professor in both the Psychology Department and Gender and Queer Studies Program. In Fall 2018 I joined the SLU family as an Assistant Professor in Psychology. I typically teach courses in introductory psychology, the psychology of human sexuality, and the psychology of gender. My research investigates the impact of social power on sexual strategies used by women, as well as how social context relates to the development and expression of gender and sexuality norms. Outside of academics, I enjoy reading, cuddling with my kitties, and going on adventures with my partner.