Assistant Professor of Psychology

Fordham University

Chris is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Fordham University in New York City. His research examines the development and classification of emotional disorders, such as anxiety and depression. He focuses on the dynamic relationships between life stress and emotional problems over time, as well as individual differences in responsivity to stress. Chris is also part of the Hierarchical Taxonomy of Psychopathology consortium, which aims to build a quantitative model of the signs and symptoms of psychological disorders to improve diagnosis, research, and intervention in mental health fields. Chris teaches courses related to personality, psychological disorders, and observational research methods.

Chris graduated with a BS from Duke University and then earned a PhD in Clinical Psychology from UCLA in 2013. He was a postdoctoral fellow at UCLA's Anxiety and Depression Research Center and at Boston University's Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders. From 2015-2019, he was Assistant Professor of Psychological Sciences at the College of William & Mary.


Chris plans to help TIER publish a template for transparent, reproducible workflow for empirical research. The aim is for students to be able to access a template that can guide them through the process of designing, implementing, and reporting a novel data collection project. (Novel data collection here is meant to contrast with archival or secondary data analysis.) This workflow will be freely accessible online, intended for use in a range of scientific disciplines, compatible with diverse statistical software systems, and tailored to students performing empirical research in the context of research methods courses and independent studies (e.g., honors thesis). Chris hopes that ultimately efforts like these can prompt students--early on in their academic careers--to consider the scientific and societal benefits of a fully-documented and systematized approach to data collection, analysis, and reporting.