I was born in rural Kansas, and my family and I moved around the midwest before settling in Eastern North Carolina. Growing up my father was a theater professor at a small liberal arts college and my mother was a curator of a museum, which meant that most of my summers were spent sneaking into lectures or ducking under the ropes of exhibits. I became interested in psychological research and developmental science as an undergraduate at the University of North Carolina, but my passion for understanding the various factors that confer risk or promote healthy psychosocial adjustment in childhood truly emerged during my time teaching elementary school in Phoenix, AZ.These experiences led me to return to graduate school and motivated a line of research that has important implications for at-risk children who come from diverse family and socio-economic backgrounds. I live with my wife, daughter, and dog outside Boston, MA. I enjoy traveling, hiking, and doing whatever my daughter wants to do!