Aaron is PhD candidate in clinical psychology. He investigates the childhood antecedents of adult disease, focusing on the role of the early life environment in adult cognitive and psychological health and aging. Aaron holds a BA from Wesleyan University in Neuroscience & Behavior and English Literature and a Masters in Environmental Management from Yale University. He is a former study coordinator for Columbia University's Taub Institute for Research on Alzheimer's Disease and the Aging Brain.
Before coming to Duke Aaron worked at the intersection of environmental stewardship and public health as an environmental policy researcher at the Yale Center for Environmental Law & Policy, a presidential policy intern at the White House Council on Environmental Quality, and a science communicator and advocate at the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
Through new research he works to fuse the fields of clinical neuropsychology, child development, psychiatric epidemiology, and environmental protection and natural resource conservation.
Aaron writes about nature, neuroscience, and public health for national magazines, including Mother Jones, Outside, Scientific American, and the Atlantic.