Natalie is interested in how socio-environmental and psychological factors affect health behaviors, specifically substance use and weight maintenance. She is also interested in examining the role mindfulness and various positive psychological factors might play in these particular health behavior interventions. Her research goals are to a) inform policies regulating tobacco, e-cigarette, and cannabis products and b) contribute to psychotherapies utilizing positive psychology for substance abuse and eating disorders.
Natalie graduated with high honors from the University of California, Santa Barbara, earning a Psychological and Brain Sciences B.S. and Applied Psychology Minor. She is currently a Ph.D. student studying under Dr. Anna Song and Dr. Anna Epperson in the Health Behaviors Lab and Epperson Lab.