I attended the University of Texas at Austin and received a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology in 2014. I came to A&M to continue my studies in the behavioral sciences and pursue a PhD in Social and Personality Psychology with Dr. Rebecca Schlegel as my primary adviser. My research interests encompass many different topics in the psychology literature, but I am most fascinated by topics of existential psychology. How do individuals’ answers to the “big” questions in life factor into behavior, cognition, and emotional processing? Specifically, I am interested by the question of free will and how people’s judgments of behavioral causality affect morality, attributions of praise and blame, prosocial behavior, and meaning in life. I believe that the impact of people’s beliefs around free will has profound applications towards societal issues like socioeconomic inequality, race relations, and criminal justice.