I am a qualitative and quantitative researcher attempting to bridge the divide between empirical and interpretive methods. Since I study human communication and interaction, a truly experimental and controlled analysis is not possible. Therefore, I am interested in finding a way to bring rigor to the qualitative and interpretive context to the quantitative. Recently, I had a part in developing a scientifically valid, replicable, and operationally trainable discourse analysis methodology. This methodology has been used to examine insurgent writings, the expression of trust and worldview, and cognitive complexity, both in the vernacular and English translations. I have provided research support and analysis for various endeavors, including Strategic Multilayer Analysis (SMA) projects for the Joint Staff. I received my Masters in Professional Communication from Purdue University of Fort Wayne and have Bachelor degrees in Anthropology and Interpersonal and Group Communication.