I'm a researcher and Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs. Before moving to Colorado, I taught and conducted research in Germany, Turkey, and Lebanon. I was recently honored with a Fellowship at the College of Life Sciences at the Institute for Advanced Study in Berlin, and elected to an organization called AGYA, the Arab-German Young Academy of Sciences and Humanities. I’m also an adviser at Ideas Beyond Borders, an organization dedicated to spreading Enlightenment values in the Arab world, and was recently named a Rising Star by the Association for Psychological Science (APS).

I completed my Ph.D. at The University of Texas at Austin, where I worked with Dr. David M. Buss. My areas of specialization are evolutionary psychology and cognitive psychology, with a secondary Ph.D. concentration in applied statistical modeling. I have three main lines of research: (a) emotions,  (b) human mating,  and (c) personality and individual differences. 

I conduct cross-cultural studies on these topics along with a network of collaborators and friends. Our research has been featured in the BBC, Time Magazine, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, Huffington Post, World Economic Forum, Ars Technica,, The Today Show, Men’s Health, Cosmo, and Psychology Today.

Before joining the Buss Lab at The University of Texas at Austin for my PhD, I was an undergrad Merit Scholar at the American University of Beirut in Lebanon. My concentrations were in psychology, philosophy, and cognitive science. 

I see great value in having a certain degree of breadth in research, reading, and thinking. Please contact me if you're interested in any of these topics, have new proposals, or would like to discuss opportunities for collaboration.    

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