Broadly, I am interested in using psychology to improve people's lives. Thus far, this interest has led me to explore (in collaboration with my doctoral advisor, Sonja Lyubomirsky at the University of California, Riverside) the processes by which people can become happier through engaging in simple positive activities (e.g., expressing gratitude or performing kind acts). More recently, I have investigated (in collaboration with my postdoc advisors, Tom Robinson and Geoff Cohen at Stanford University) the ways in which simple psychological interventions (e.g., self-affirmation) can reduce negative stereotypes surrounding obesity and improve persistence in weight loss efforts.
I just completed my first year as an Assistant Professor of Psychology at California State University, East Bay and look forward to growing my research program with my undergraduate students in the years to come. Currently, I am interested in exploring the complex nature of gratitude--how it may be simultaneously uplifting and slightly uncomfortable. In addition, I am interested in exploring how positive activities can mitigate maladaptive habits such as rumination.