The short bio
I am an expert in the areas of sexuality, gender, and intimate relationships. I received my B.A. in psychology from the University of Washington in Seattle and while there I worked with both psychologists and sociologists active in their respective fields. By the time of my graduation, I was actively writing for academic journals and handbooks and working alongside the prolific Dr. Pepper Schwartz on multiple research endeavors. Outside of academia and research, I have begun freelance writing for an eclectic mix of websites and publications.
the academic bio
I’m grounded in the fields of psychology and sociology. My recent academic work has been featured in handbooks and journals focusing on the social sciences (such as the Archives of Sexual Behavior, the Handbook of the Sociology of Gender, the forthcoming Handbook on Global Sexualities, the Journal of Aging Life Care, among others).
I guest lecture at the University of Washington in Seattle with some of my larger audiences reaching up to 750 people. And, in 2017, my co-author (Dr. Pepper Schwartz) and I were invited speakers at the 25th Annual National Symposium on Family Issues.
Recently, two of my colleagues at the UW and I have begun researching couples in what will hopefully be a groundbreaking, longitudinal study.
the writer’s bio
With years of working in academia and some expertise under my belt, I’ve begun venturing into the popular press. Some of these pieces will be found on my Articles & Chapters page.
There is a large audience of readers out there looking for frank and sincere advice on sex and dating. Many others want information about relationships from someone who knows their stuff and they can trust. That’s where I come in! I love writing pieces that cut to the point but still feel familiar to readers. And along with inserting healthy doses of personality and honesty into my work, I’m always using the latest scientific findings on couples, sex, and relationships to give readers more than just an opinion piece.
Sex is hard to talk about. Relationships are tricky (to put it mildly). And journal articles can be dull (if not a total snooze-fest). That’s why it’s my job to navigate the fine line of being easy to understand, informative, and keeping the reader entertained throughout the whole article.
Please feel free to contact me with any business inquiries.
Or, if you have a personal story you want to share (and possibly be a source in upcoming articles) please reach out to me. I’d love to hear what you have to say about sex and love these days!