Having grown up in Houston and Ankara, Turkey, Clayton returned stateside to study English and religion at Dartmouth. He also tutored other college students as a Writing Assistant at the Dartmouth Composition Center. After college, he moved to Beijing, China, where, in addition to teaching high school English and math, he helped launch a nationwide environmental education initiative in universities across China.
Clayton returned to the U.S. to study psychology and religion, first as a Master's student at Harvard and, currently, as a PhD candidate at Columbia. His current research focuses on the neurobiology of spiritual experience, cross-cultural components of spirituality, and the protective effect of spirituality against depression and trauma-related disorders. Clayton has tutored for Cambridge Coaching since 2012 and, while living in Boston, tutored at-risk youth in the BUILD program. As a teacher and tutor, he brings a natural love for learning, as well as an ability to break down skills and concepts into their component parts to facilitate greater understanding among his students.
In his free time, Clayton can be found shooting hoops in the gym, tending to his urban garden, and spending time outside the city at a meditation retreat.