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I was born in Dallas and spent my childhood scampering through the countrysides of central and eastern Texas, with brief escapades in Maryland and Utah. I began medical school in San Antonio, where I met my wife and future psych co-resident Kristin Budde. After my PhD, we moved together to New Haven, where I finished med school. I enjoy writing about neuroscience as a way to think through some of the problems that come up in clinic. I spend a great chunk of my time thinking about and researching how to develop useful biomarkers of brain disease. When I'm not at the hospital or working on research stuff, I'll be fixing up my 1920s New England house. I just recently refinished an old Blue Jay sailboat, which was a great new dad project (sanding is a good activity when you're sleep deprived).

Scientific American

Getting Past the “Shotgun” Approach to Treating Mental Illness

This article was originally published on the Scientific American website on March 10, 2016. Alexia had been in-and-out of intensive psychiatric therapy for nearly two decades by the time we met. She suffered from bipolar disorder, which meant that she cycled between explosions of boundless energy and black holes of suicidal despair. Despair brought her to our unit. Her long...

Short Stories

Bacon Fire

Published on on May 28, 2014. I want to wake up in the city that doesn’t sleep… 5:00AM. I lie there and listen to Frankie belt it, New York, New York. These little town blues, I mumble, hitting the alarm. The blurry world comes into focus. I shuffle across the chilly floor and where my running shoes are waiting....

Short Stories

A Study of Brains

Published on on August 1, 2016. “Yeah, a ping—it’s like an electronic echo.” Drew explained, as his fingers weaved gracefully through his Gatsbian hair. “The ping tests the connection between the brain and computer: when I ping a brain and it pings back, I know the connection is good—cool, huh?” Becca smiled politely as Drew swiped his ID card....