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 graduate studies were in Psychology at the University of Lethbridge in Lethbridge, Alberta. 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 (one of the highest academic honours in Canada).
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. 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 very 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.