I received a B. S. in Psychology with a minor in Islamic Studies in 2009.
I received a M.S. in Psychology (Experimental) in 2011 and a M.S. in Psychology (Clinical) in 2016. I expect to receive my Doctor of Psychology degree (Psy.D.) from Georgia Southern University in 2018.
My main areas of interest are in the psychology of politics and religion. My most recent study deals with public perceptions of migrant farmworkers and refugees, and how personality, demographic, geographic, and political variables influence this perception. From 2011 to 2016, I studied American public support for national security policies that specifically target Muslims (e.g., random searches of Muslims based on religion and/or ethnicity, banning Syrian refugees from entering the United States). I have examined a number of factors that may influence support for these policies, such as psychological inflexibility, religious coping, and exposure to ISIS propaganda.
I have also published research on LGBT mental health, terrorism, and Mormon identity. For more information on my research, please consult my page on ResearchGate where it is updated regularly.
I am also a songwriter and have written and performed music in a band setting, in a solo setting, and for a short film.
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