My research over the past 14 years has focused on the growing intersection of digital technologies, internet communications, and new media on social structures and behaviors. I was recently honored with the Hugo G. Beigel award for outstanding research report of the year for my Internet research, and I've received many additional honors for my scholarship, service and teaching at USC.
I've served as a research consultant on several Internet - related projects at USC’s Annenberg School for Communication, including a cyber café for seniors and have been a research consultant at eHarmony. My latest research focuses on the social and behavioral aspects of energy efficiency and Smart grid technology adoption, and I'm working on the behavioral aspects of Artificial Intelligence and Sustainable Architecture projects.
I received a Ph.D. in Sociology and Marriage and Family Therapy from USC, a Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Nova Southeastern University and a Bachelors degree in Psychology from Florida International University.