Welcome! I am a social-health psychologist and assistant professor of psychology at College of the Holy Cross. My research focuses on understanding the psychological and physical health implications of concealable stigmatized identities—socially devalued attributes that cannot be seen by others (e.g., mental illness, HIV/AIDS). My teaching focuses on helping students understand and apply psychological perspectives to understand the enduring and emergent questions facing humanity.
As far back as I can remember, I have always been intrigued by two main topics: social inequality and psychology. My liberal arts coursework at Butler University stimulated me to think about social inequality from multiple perspectives, and my research training as a psychology major provided me with new tools to examine these questions. I went on to pursue a Ph.D. in Social Psychology at the University of Connecticut after realizing that social psychology allowed me to combine both of these interests. While there, I gained training in theory and methods of social and health psychology.
Today, I use psychological science to try to help improve the human condition in two main ways. First, my research in CSI Lab tries to help people living with concealable stigmatized identities to cope with their identities and thrive in the face of them. My work involves both experimental and field-based projects working with college and community samples who live with various identities such as HIV/AIDS. And second, my teaching and research mentoring at Holy Cross focuses on helping students gain the training and experience they need in order to become thoughtful and effective researchers, leaders, and citizens in the world.