I am a Canadian-born US citizen who grew up in Southern California. I attended Riverside Community College, then California State University San Bernardino, where I earned a Bachelor’s Degree in environmental science. With this background, I have worked for an environmental management group, helped map burrowing owl burrows, helped calculate pollution emissions, and wrote safety manuals for various companies. I continued my education and earned a Master’s Degree and a Ph.D. from the University of California Riverside in Systems Neuroscience. My education and research was primarily focused on Neuroscience/Biopsychology. My published research shows work in cortical anatomy/development, epigenetic mechanisms, alcohol teratogenicity, and the perception of safe dietary behavior during pregnancy.