About Me

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I am the senior advisor for innovation, strategic engagements and partnerships in the Office of the Assistant Director for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE) at the National Science Foundation. I work to advance partnerships with academia, industry, and government; strengthen social, behavioral, and economic research and engagement on national priority areas; and contribute to the leadership of SBE's scientific programs and other activities. I have served this position through a permanent appointment since 2022. 

My professional expertise sits at the intersection of government and public affairs, science policy, and evidence-based policymaking. Before arriving at NSF, I was director of government relations at the Association for Psychological Science, where I worked to advocate on behalf of the social, behavioral and economic sciences and increase awareness of the ways that these sciences advance health, prosperity, and welfare. 

Trained as a cognitive psychologist, I research individual and collective memories and the confidence we have in those memories. I am also interested in metascience, robust and reliable research, and research innovation. My work has been published in journals including Science, Psychological Science, and Memory and covered in The New York Times, The Washington Post, NPR, and The Atlantic

I am an undergraduate alumnus of the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, VA, and I received my Ph.D. and MA in psychological science from Washington University in St. Louis, MO. I also credit my education at the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, in Alexandria, VA, for catalyzing my interests in scientific research and its application. 

When I am not in the office, I can be found exploring the DC metro area or engaging in one of my hobbies—technology and digital media, photography, music (piano, tuba, Google Music), supporting local business, cooking Blue Aprons with my wife Becky, or jogging in Rock Creek Park. I'm also an avid fan of the St. Louis Cardinals.