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Jon is a Ph.D student in clinical psychology who is currently completing a doctoral internship at the main hospital of the Minneapolis VA Health Care System. He joined the Moffitt & Caspi lab in 2013, after working as a postbaccalaureate research fellow at the National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda, MD. He holds a B.A. in Psychology awarded with Highest Honors from Swarthmore College.
Jon's primary research interest is understanding the relationship between stressful life events (SLEs) and psychopathology, using data from genetically-informed, longitudinal studies. Specifically, his research focuses on (i) testing for evidence of (non-)specificity between SLEs and psychiatric outcomes using hierarchical measures of psychopathology, (ii) determining how SLEs "get under the skin" to cause physical and psychiatric disease, and (iii) understanding why some people go on to develop psychiatric symptoms following SLEs, whereas others remain resilient. His work is multi-modal and multi-disciplinary, borrowing measures and approaches from behavioral genetics, epidemiology, and developmental science.
When not with patients or in the lab, Jon enjoys cooking, reading, and professional eSports.