My general curiosity about psychological research began early. While enrolled in a high school Child Development elective course, I discovered my interest in developmental science, which was further solidified by several summers volunteering in local research labs. I then attended Hamilton College as a Psychology major, where I worked with Dr. Jean Burr studying youth exposure to aggression at school and online within a social information processing framework. Together these experiences motivated my interest to study how interpersonal relationships contribute to adolescents' healthy adjustment across varying social contexts.
As a graduate student in Developmental Psychology at UCLA, I worked with Dr. Jaana Juvonen as part of the UCLA Diversity Project. In this role, I gained comprehensive training in carrying out longitudinal school-based studies with diverse, urban youth and pursued research examining how adolescents' peer relationships promote versus hinder their social and emotional growth. Motivated by person-in-context models of social development, I investigated how features of adolescents' school environments shaped the meaning and emotional impact of being bullied, with a particular interest in contexts that give rise to self-blaming attributions for victimization. During this time I also pursued extensive statistical instruction through a Quantitative Psychology minor, with a focus on advanced multilevel modeling techniques. My graduate research was supported by a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, as well as funding from Sigma Xi Scientific Research Honor Society and the UC Consortium on the Developmental Science of Adolescence.
After completing my Ph.D. (2017) at UCLA, I sought out additional training to understand how adolescents' peer interactions shape and are shaped by their interpersonal experiences with family members and romantic partners. Currently, I am a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellow (#1714304) at the University of Southern California working with Dr. Gayla Margolin in the Family Studies Lab. Through the use of observational coding, daily diaries, and physiological assessments, I am investigating how everyday interactions (e.g., support exchanges; conflict) with close others, such as parents and friends, contribute to adolescents' and young adults' healthy functioning within dating relationships, physiological reactivity, and general emotional well-being.