I was born in Austin, Texas and spent many years in Colorado. After graduating with a BS in psychology from CU Boulder, I left America to study health psychology at Leiden University in The Netherlands. Albert Einstein was a visiting professor at Leiden University and members of the Dutch royal house have studied at Leiden University.
Following the completion of my MSc. I completed my doctorate in social epidemiology and public health at the University of Amsterdam/Academic Medical Center (UvA/AMC). During this time I completed a research visit to UCLA.
After my PhD I started my post-doctoral fellowship at the UvA/AMC. This led to me winning a grant that sent me to the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) to work on a post-doctorate in sociology. During this period I completed a research visit to Harvard.
Following this, I started working as a tenure-track assistant professor at Lamar University. Together my husband and our daughters built a life in small-town Beaumont, Texas. We homeschool our children and have a ton of rescue animals. My husband is Dutch, so we balance our time between Europe and America. I am bilingual and speak Dutch at home with our children. My family and I love to travel. Colorado is one of our favorite places to visit in America. In Texas, we try to spend as much time as possible at the beach, even in the winter.