I am interested in the science of human relationships, and how individual differences in the quality of these relationships shape empathy and wellbeing across the life span and across diverse populations.
My research addresses three central questions:
(1) How do relationship processes contribute to empathy and prosocial behavior across the life span?
(2) Can experimental methods to boost relational security enhance empathy and reduce racial bias in adolescents and adults?
(3) How can relationship-focused prevention/intervention efforts support positive developmental outcomes for children living with stress and adversity?
Areas of Interest
- Human development
- Prosocial behavior
BAPomona College, 2012
MSUniversity of Maryland, College Park, 2016