I am an Assistant Professor of Social/Personality Psychology in the Department of Psychology at Queen’s University. Prior to coming to Queen’s, I was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Dornsife Mind and Society Center at the University of Southern California. I earned my PhD in Social Psychology at the University of Michigan in 2017, where I was also a Graduate Student Instructor for Statistics and Psychology courses, director of the Situated Social Cognition Lab for the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program, and longitudinal data consultant for the School of Social Work. I earned my BA in Psychology from Gettysburg College in 2008.
My research interests are focused on judgment and social cognition, namely how communication guides our inferences, preferences, and reasoning. My work investigates how seemingly innocuous words color evaluations, how metaphors guide understanding of abstract concepts like disease and health, and how common survey methods shape research conclusions.
I have authored numerous articles in publications such as Frontiers in Psychology, Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, and SAGE Open. I am also an Op-Ed contributor for The Guardian and a segment contributor for WNYC. Formerly, I was a data analyst at the New York City Criminal Justice Agency.