R user

I have been an avid R user since 2010. I have used R both in the classroom as a professor, and in the lab as a scientist and NIH-funded Principal Investigator. You can find my current work for RStudio Education on GitHub.

Data Science Educator

I have developed and taught multiple graduate-level data science courses. I also trained the Office of Research Impact at the Oregon Clinical & Translational Research Institute to use R, and have consulted with the University of Oregon College of Education on the development of a graduate data science specialization track. I received an Excellence in Education award from OHSU in 2018.


I created the course Working with Data in the Tidyverse, and I am a co-author of the book blogdown: Creating Websites with R Markdown. I have also written numerous scientific journal articles and book chapters on autism and neurodevelopmental disorders.


I have presented original research at over 25 international conferences. Recently, I gave a keynote at the 2018 Cascadia R Conf in Portland, Oregon, and have an upcoming keynote for the 2019 Young Statisticians Conference in Canberra, Australia.

Data Visualization & Statistics

I love exploring, analyzing, and visualizing data. Lately, I enjoy visualizing ‘The Great British Bake Off’ (you can too with my R package!), and talking about how to take a sad plot and make it better.


I studied developmental psychology and quantitative methods, finishing my PhD in 2008. My research focused on health-related applications of Natural Language Processing-based methods, and has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Oregon Clinical and Translational Research Institute, and Autism Speaks.


October 2018 – Present

Data Scientist & Professional Educator


September 2017 – October 2018
Portland, Oregon

Assistant Director, Center for Spoken Language Understanding

Oregon Health & Science University

July 2017 – October 2018
Portland, Oregon

Associate Professor, Pediatrics

Oregon Health & Science University

January 2012 – June 2017
Portland, Oregon

Assistant Professor, Pediatrics

Oregon Health & Science University

March 2010 – December 2011
Portland, Oregon

Senior Research Associate

Oregon Health & Science University

August 2008 – February 2010
Tempe, Arizona

Assistant Research Professor

Arizona State University