Who am I?
I am an assistant professor in the Department of Methodology and Statistics at
Utrecht University (UU). Although I now live and work in the Netherlands, I was
born and raised in the United States. I received my PhD in Quantitative
Psychology from the University of Kansas. I then completed a two-year postdoc at
Texas Tech University (TTU). My postdoc focused on statistical consulting, and
I was able to hone the consulting skills that I began to develop during graduate
school. I also spent a substantial portion of my time at TTU leading the PcAux
My first faculty appointment was as an Assistant Professor in the Department of
Methodology and Statistics at Tilburg University (TiU). At TiU, I taught
statistics and data science courses as part of the Data Science and Society
master program and the Psychological Methods and Data Science bachelor major.
I began my current position at UU in July of 2021. I teach in the Applied Data
Science program and various programs within the Faculty of Social and
I teach statistics, data science, and statistical programming courses to
bachelor and master students. I also give continuing education workshops on
diverse topics related to statistics, data science, data analysis, and
statistical programming. To find out more, go here.
My methodological research focuses on methods for treating missing data. I also
collaborate extensively with substantive researchers from the social-,
behavioral-, and health-sciences. To find out more, go here.
Much of my work involves computationally intensive applications of data
processing/analysis, so I spend a lot of my time on statistical computing. As a
natural byproduct of this work, I dabble in software development, particularly R
package development. To find our more, go here.
Beginning as early as the final years of my bachelor studies, statistical
consultancy has been an integral part of my career. In graduate school, I had
the opportunity to work on several interesting projects, and consulting became
the focus of my work during my postdoc. I have continued to provide consulting
services as an assistant professor at Tilburg University and Utrecht
University. To find out more, go here.
To unwind, I prefer to get outside. Even though I’ve always lived in painfully
flat parts of the world, I particularly enjoy the mountains. When I can get
outside, I enjoy rock climbing, hiking, and backpacking/trekking. I developed my
love for nature and the outdoors early. I grew up playing in and around the
woods, lakes, and creeks of the Midwestern US: exploring, climbing trees,
camping, fishing, and making a general mess of myself. When I was a child, our
family vacations would frequently involve either camping in the Ozarks of
southern Missouri or road-tripping to national parks. Now that I live in Europe
and have easy access to iconic mountain ranges like the Alps and the Dolomites,
I am doing my best to live out my life-long dream of adventuring in the
I also enjoy (non-outdoor) traveling and taking “city trips” with my wife and
daughter. Such trips are always welcome as they allow me indulge my passion for
trying new foods (or simply eating a bunch of those with which I am already
familiar). When I’m stuck inside and at home, I enjoy weight training, reading
(particularly science fiction and adventure), and chess.