My research lies at the intersection of social cognition and personality assessment. In my work, I aim to answer the following questions: How do people naturally perceive and form judgments of social information and personality? How are people's natural perceptions then influenced and shaped by the assessment method (e.g., survey, questionnaire) they receive? How can we use this information to design assessment methods that capture the situation-specific nature of behavior and personality? I have used both field and experimental methods to answer these questions. For more information about my current and past work, navigate to Research. My other area of interest is user-experience research and design, with a focus on survey development and quantitative analyses.
Currently, I work as a postdoctoral research associate on The Character Project at Wake Forest University. My colleagues and I study how people perceive morality in others and themselves, and how moral character (e.g., honesty, empathy) varies across situations and develops over time. I received my Ph.D. in psychology from Brown University (2013), where I worked with Jack Wright. My dissertation was entitled, "Reconceptualizing the Perception and Assessment of Personality Change." Prior to Brown, I completed my M.A. at Connecticut College (2008), where I studied the assessment of child psychopathology and behavior change. At Connecticut College, I began work as a research assistant on the Wediko Transitions Project, a multi-year study of behavior change. Upon graduation from Connecticut College, I received the Otello Desiderato Award for the student with most promise in doctoral studies. Before attending Connecticut College, I earned my B.A. in psychology from SUNY Stony Brook.
I am interested in interdisciplinary projects that span the areas of social cognition, personality processes, user experience, and psychometrics. Please feel free to contact me regarding job or teaching opportunities, UX research projects, presentations, or assessment/survey consulting work.