Christopher L. Thomas, M.A., is a doctoral student in Educational Psychology at Ball State University and a current fellow in the Research Design Studio. His areas of work include exploring the determinants of academic help-seeking behavior, the neural underpinnings of maladaptive and adaptive perfectionism, and the development of techniques to identify test anxious learners. He has expertise in research methodologies, statistical analyses, and cognitive dissonance theory and currently supports several research initiatives examining optimized student learning.