About me

I am originally from Atlanta, Georgia, and am a proud ramblin’ wreck from Georgia Tech. After college, I studied psychology and quantitative methods, receiving my Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University (2008). I am now a data scientist and professional educator at RStudio. Prior to that, I was an Assistant Professor at Arizona State University, and an Associate Professor at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU).

OHSU Research Week Poster

My research focused on health-related applications of Natural Language Processing-based methods, and was funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Oregon Clinical and Translational Research Institute, and Autism Speaks. I have written numerous scientific publications on autism and neurodevelopmental disorders and have presented my research at over 25 international conferences.

OHSU Research Week Poster

While at OHSU, I became an avid user of the statistical programming language R, both in the lab as a Principal Investigator and in the classroom as a professor. I developed a passion for programming and education, and during my tenure at OHSU I developed and taught multiple graduate-level data science courses and workshops. I also trained the Office of Research Impact at the Oregon Clinical & Translational Research Institute to use R, and 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.

You can follow my current work for RStudio Education on GitHub. In my free time, I love spending time with my family and my two-year-old daughter. Thank you so much for reading.



Data Scientist & Professional Educator


October 2018 – Present Oregon

Assistant Director, Center for Spoken Language Understanding

Oregon Health & Science University

September 2017 – October 2018 Portland, Oregon

Associate Professor, Pediatrics

Oregon Health & Science University

July 2017 – October 2018 Portland, Oregon

Assistant Professor, Pediatrics

Oregon Health & Science University

January 2012 – June 2017 Portland, Oregon

Senior Research Associate

Oregon Health & Science University

March 2010 – December 2011 Portland, Oregon

Assistant Research Professor

Arizona State University

August 2008 – February 2010 Tempe, Arizona

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