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 personality and behavior? How are people's natural perceptions then influenced and shaped by the formal assessment methods widely used by psychologists in research and practice? How can we use this information to design usable assessment methods that best capture the situation-specific nature of behavior and personality? I use both applied field and experimental approaches to answer these questions. For more information about my current and past work, navigate to Research.
Currently, I work as a postdoctoral research associate on The Character Project at Wake Forest University. I study how people perceive morality in others and themselves, the relationship between moral character and normal personality, 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 with my masters advisor, Audrey Zakriski. At Connecticut College, I began work as a research assistant on the Wediko Transitions Project, a multi-year study of how children change in response to residential treatment conducted at the Wediko Children's Services Summer Program. My master's thesis examined cross-informant disagreement between parent and teacher ratings of childhood behavioral problems. 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 received my B.A. in psychology from SUNY Stony Brook.
I am interested in interdisciplinary projects that span the areas of social cognition, personality processes, moral psychology, user experience, and psychometrics. Please feel free to contact me through email if you would like to discuss job or teaching opportunities, UX research projects, symposiums, or assessment/survey consulting work.