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Clinical Research Manager, University of Kentucky

I work in clinical research studying cognitive aging by day, but by night and by weekend, my research energy is focused on the sport of competitive dunking. In 2014-ish, my scientific study of dunking started with a curiosity about which factors influence judging and scoring of dunk contests. The research has since evolved to examinations of more objective, reliable, and valid judging and scoring procedures. Currently, I serve on the inaugural Technical Committee of the World Dunk Association. We developed and maintain a comprehensive and flexible scoring system, guided by the ongoing research, with the goal of fairly determining winners and rankings in competitive dunking.


  • 2015–present
    Assistant researcher, University of Kentucky Sanders-Brown Center on Aging
  • 2020–present
    Technical committee, World Dunk Association


  • 2015 
    Morehead State University, Master's of Science, Clinical Psychology


  • 2021
    Future cognitive decline is associated with sexual satisfaction among married older adults., Clinical Gerontologist
  • 2020
    Comparison of behaviors characteristic of autism spectrum disorder and behavioral and psychiatric symptoms of dementia., Aging and Mental Health
  • 2019
    Factors influencing scoring in the NBA Slam Dunk Contest, Journal of Sports Analytics
  • 2018
    Alzheimer’s Disease Clinical Trial Recruitment: Does Participation in a Brief Cognitive Screen at a Community Health Fair Promote Research Engagement?, Alzheimer's Disease & Associated Disorders
  • 2014
    Beliefs in the purpose of events: Cross-cultural evidence of core knowledge confusions, Applied Cognitive Psychology