Scientist, Clinician, & Science Writer

About me

Hi there. I’m an independent science writer and  NIH National Research Service Award Postdoctoral Scholar in neuropsychology and environmental health at Duke University. My research focuses on the link between environmental health and human psychology, cognitive health, and aging. I write about nature, neuroscience, and public health.

I've contributed new reporting to Mother Jones, VICE, Outside, Wired, Scientific American and the Atlantic, among others.  In the past, I've worked as a study coordinator, researcher, analyst, and communications officer for a variety of institutions, at universities (the Yale Center for Environmental Law & Policy), international NGOs (the International Union for Conservation of Nature), and governmental agencies (the White House Council on Environmental Quality).  I hold a PhD in Clinical Psychology from Duke University, a Masters in Environmental Management from the Yale School of the Environment, and a Bachelors in Neuroscience & Behavior and English Literature from Wesleyan University.

My research has appeared in Nature Medicine, the Journal of the American Medical Association, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, among other journals, and my work has been supported by fellowships from the Berkley Conservation Program, Middlebury College's Environmental Journalism Fellowship Program,  the James B. Duke Fund, the City University of New York's Journalism School, the Center for Nature & Health at the University of California - San Francisco, the Charles Lafitte Foundation, and the U.S. National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. I've  received the Richard Merritt Jr. Memorial Award for Excellence in Science Journalism from Duke University and an award for Outstanding Student Reporting from the Society of Environmental Journalists.