Personal Bio

Many may think it strange to include a personal bio on a professional website. However, I believe that my background, family, and beliefs all play an important role in my professional life, how I interact with others professionally, and the manner in which I approach my work. Thus, I share this information for those who may be interested.

Background
I was born in California and grew up in Washington in an active household of 10, including my wonderful parents, two older sisters, one younger sister, and four younger brothers. After graduating form high school I started college at Brigham Young University and planned on pursuing a career in Law. At the age of 19 I took a break from school and served a two year mission in Taiwan for my church. That mission was a defining experience and became an anchor for who I am today. After coming back from Taiwan I returned to Brigham Young University and decided to switch to the field of Psychology.



My Family
I met my wife, also a Washingtonian, at BYU and we dated for 11 months before getting married back in Seattle. Shortly after we were married we moved to Stillwater, Oklahoma for me to pursue my doctorate in Clinical Psychology and for her to pursue a master's in International Trade and Development. Our oldest  child was born right as my wife was finishing her degree, followed by our oldest son eighteen months later. We then moved to Syracuse, New York, where I completed my year long pre-doctoral clinical internship and our second son was born.  We then moved back to the Northwest to Anchorage, Alaska where I began in a tenure-track faculty position at UAA. During our five year stay in Alaska we welcomed our third son and second daughter into our family. We now live in Pocatello, Idaho where I am a faculty member in the Department of Psychology at Idaho State University. I feel very blessed to get to share my life with my wonderful wife and our five incredible children.

My Beliefs
I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. My mother first joined the LDS church when she was attending college at BYU. My father was introduced to the Church through my mother and became a member shortly after they were married. They raised me in this faith and at age 8 I was baptized. Although I made the decision to join the church at that young age, I have had a number of faith building experiences throughout my life that have led to my strong current testimony in the Savior Jesus Christ and His Restored Gospel. This Gospel and the teachings of the Savior have an influence on my daily actions, including how I interact with others and the integrity in which I complete my work. One of the most important principles of the Restored Gospel to me is the principle of eternal families. I believe that if I continually strive to live a righteous life then I will be able to be with those whom I love most in the next life. To learn more about my beliefs one can visit either of the Church's main two websites: lds.org or mormon.org.