I have two major lines of research. The first identifies strategies for managing attention and coping with indecision, and explains why the mind is driven to wander despite heroic attempts to task it. The second line of research is devoted to understanding the tactics that people use to make sense of others (e.g., mindreading, perspective-taking, stereotyping) and how the brain mediates social interactions. I use both brain imaging (fMRI) and traditional experimental techniques to investigate these interests.


I teach the core Leadership course (B6703) and the Managerial Negotiations course (B8412) in the MBA program at Columbia Business School, and Leadership in Organizations (W3703) to undergraduates at Columbia College. I occasionally teach the Research Methods (B9708) course in the PhD program at Columbia Business School.


Prior to joining the Columbia University faculty in 2007 as an Assistant Professor, I worked as a Post Doctoral Fellow in Moshe Bar's lab at the Martinos Brain Imaging Center at Harvard University Medical School. I received my Ph.D. in Psychology from Dartmouth College in 2005 under the tutelage of C. Neil Macrae. I received a B.A. in Psychology from Rice University in 2000.

Work Experience

I worked as an Information Technology consultant prior to pursuing my graduate degree.