What are some of the steps you took in life or influences that brought you to your current area of research?
My primary line of research examines influences of social factors (e.g., social networks, mimicry, conformity) on alcohol use. However, my research did not focus on alcohol use in graduate school— my master’s examined HIV risk behavior and my dissertation examined sun protection. I soon realized, though, that alcohol use was the ideal domain for examining peer influences on health. I therefore sought out postdoctoral training in Brown University’s Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies. It provided the exposure and experiences I needed to be able to conduct informed research in this area.