I am a social scientist interested in applying the principles of effective altruism to reduce unnecessary suffering. Since Fall 2021 I have worked as a Senior Research Manager at Rethink Priorities, a think tank dedicated to helping philanthropists, grantmakers, and policymakers identify high-impact opportunities. I primarily focus on projects related to animal welfare.
From 2014 to 2019 I was a Ph.D. student in the Department of Psychology at the University of Miami, where I studied the evolution of cooperation in humans. My main line of research focused on how to mitigate the effect of socially desirable responding on the measurement of altruistic and moral motivation (partly summarized here). Secondarily, I investigated whether deliberate attempts to take the perspective of needy others increases empathic concern and helping (partly summarized here). I also taught introductory statistics and earned a concentration in quantitative psychology.
I was a postdoctoral scholar from 2019 to 2021. I helped develop a new algorithm for predicting suicidality among military veteran outpatients during my time at the Department of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School. After that, I studied tools for detecting and reducing risk for gambling-related harm at the Division on Addiction at Cambridge Health Alliance. During this period, I also posted on the BASIS, acted as an associate editor at Collabra: Psychology, and served on the Data and Methods Committee of the Psychological Science Accelerator.