I was born and raised in the heart of Canada’s rural tobacco country in Norfolk County in southern Ontario. My undergraduate studies were in Psychology (with a minor in Biology) at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. My honors thesis work was conducted with Martin Daly, who was instrumental in fostering my love of science. My graduate studies were in Psychology at the University of Lethbridge in Lethbridge, Alberta, where I worked under the supervision of Martin Lalumière, a talented scientist and a wonderful mentor. I defended my doctoral dissertation with great distinction in December 2010, and was formally awarded my Ph.D. in May 2011. I received the Governor General’s Academic Gold Medal for my doctoral work.
From 2011-2012 I was a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Psychology (in the Applied Social Psychology and Industrial/Organizational Psychology areas) at the University of Guelph, where I worked with Pat Barclay and Leanne Son Hing (I run out of superlatives to describe my mentors here – I’ve been incredibly fortunate over my entire career to work with talented and lovely people). I was externally funded by fellowships from NSERC and the Ontario Problem Gambling Research Centre. I started as an Assistant Professor at the Hill/Levene Schools of Business at the University of Regina in November 2012, and received tenure (and promotion to Associate Professor) in July 2017. I am also cross-appointed as an Associate Member of the Department of Psychology.
Outside of the ivory tower, I spend time socializing with my wife and friends with classic cocktails, a large collection of European-style strategy board games, and music. I am also a (marginally accomplished) drummer. I have been a member of several different bands over the last few years, playing funk/dance, psychedelic rock, and alternative/folk music at various live shows. I recorded an album with my grad-school era alternative/folk/pop band, The Record Holder, which is available on iTunes and Spotify.