BA, Psychology, California State University, Long Beach, 2008
Michael is broadly interested in how different forms of oppression operate to affect both mental and physical health, especially in minority populations. He is specifically interested in how minority stressors (e.g., LGBTQ-based discrimination) operate at the physiological level to affect well-being through an additive stress framework. He is currently working on getting his NSF-sponsored project ready which aims to assess anti-gay discrimination and risk-taking and the effects of distress and distress tolerance.
What brought you to VCU?
Michael has not always been interested in research. He was initially interested in going to medical school but realized after almost three years of pre-med courses that he wanted to help people in a different capacity—one that could be more long-lasting and switched to psychology where he ultimately fell into research. After working on a number of studies that assessed the psychosocial determinants of health, he knew that he wanted to attend a program/school with a strong psychology department but that also allowed for cross-department collaboration, especially public health. VCU’s School of Medicine is a great place to collaborate with top-tier faculty who foster interdisciplinary research.
What do you like to do outside of work/school?
Michael enjoys photography, hiking, all things music especially opera (interesting fact, he initially majored in vocal performance as an undergraduate student), traveling, yoga, and the pleasure of writing on a good set of stationary.