I use psychological insights, tools, and data to generate theoretically and empirically-informed strategies and solutions. I am a behavioral scientist and consultant with expertise in social psychology, personality, judgment and decision-making, people analytics, sustainability, close relationships, ideology, and positive psychology. I am broadly interested in working in tech, health, sustainability, policy, and education.
As an applied scientist I strive to enable ideas that improve individual, community, and global well-being. My projects blends psychology and tech to create scalable products and solutions for the common good. Some example are:
- As the Research Director at See Change Institute, I worked to understand the human component of climate change and sustainability. Primarily, I worked with utilities to design and evaluate behavioral interventions that motivate people to reduce their energy use at home and at work.
- As the co-founder and Chief Scientist at Character.io I leveraged recent developments in personality psychometrics to build a scientific, scalable, mobile-first platform for talent acquisition and development. I had tons of fun starting a companing and working on everything from product and brand strategy, to prototyping and testing, to raising venture capital and building strategic partnerships.
- As one of the creators of YourMorals, I built and directed one of the earliest and largest web platforms for psychology research. Without any marketing, we built a community of over 1 million registered users which have given us data on thousands of variables across 300+ surveys and experiments. These data have led to dozens of scientific papers, cited thousands of times, and are featured in my colleague Jon Haidt's NYT Bestseller The Righteous Mind.
- I also consult on various projects related to my interests. With Target Smart, a political data company, I worked on adding psychographic predictors to a predictive model of voter opinion to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of political campaigns. With the Lear Center for Media Research, I designed and conducted a program evaluation study of a media campaign for public education. And with Conscious Partnership, I created a tool to help romantic partners assess and improve the state of their relationship and future plans.
I have more than a decade of quantitative and qualitative research experience. In addition to research, consulting, and teaching, I write and give talks about psychological science for a general audience. I am passionate about science outreach and have volunteered for various prosocial organizations, like KPCC (a public radio station in Southern California) and The Story of Stuff Project.