I am a researcher, teacher, and writer in the field of psychology. My research is in the area of happiness and well-being—and more broadly, human flourishing. A big question in my research is: How can negative experiences foster positive psychological change? I have an interdisciplinary background—with a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Texas, a Master’s in Public Affairs from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, and an AB in History from Princeton University. I have taught at several colleges and universities, including Southwestern University, the University of Texas, and Huston-Tillotson University. I have been an Adjunct Professor at Huston-Tillotson University, a Historically Black University in Austin, Texas, for several years and teach there whenever an opportunity arises. After graduating from college, I taught first grade in Compton, California, for three years as a corps member of Teach For America. I grew up in North Carolina and Texas and currently live in Austin, Texas.