I am a social psychologist and lecturer (assistant professor) at the University of Essex in Colchester, UK. I received my PhD in Social-Personality Psychology in 2017 from the University at Buffalo, SUNY in Buffalo, New York. I also received my M.A. in Psychology from UB in 2015, and my B.A. in Psychology (Honours) and Business in 2010 from the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada. During my time at the University at Buffalo, I was a member of the Interpersonal Processes Lab and the Social Psychophysiology Lab, working with Dr. Sandra Murray and Dr. Mark Seery.
My work stems from the big question "What makes some couples more resilient in the face of uncertainty and vulnerability?" In pursuit of this question, my work focuses on understanding how people regulate trust and dependence in their relationships, and how feelings of uncertainty or vulnerability can influence relationship stability. I am guided by two main research questions: 1) What are the individual differences that predict greater relationship resiliency in the face of uncertainty and vulnerability; and 2) Do self-regulatory systems managing responses to uncertainty outside of the relationship influence relationship regulatory responses within the relationship.
I attempt to take an interdisciplinary approach to my research by blending social psychological theories and principles with insights from cognitive, clinical, evolutionary and biological psychology.
Before returning to school for my PhD, I worked for the Government of Canada researching postsecondary education (pursuit, persistence, and satisfaction post-graduation) for the Learning Policy Directorate, part of Employment and Social Development Canada. I also worked as a Research Advisor in the private sector for Nanos Research, a public opinion and market research company.
In my spare time, I enjoy traveling, photography, watching Netflix, and eating good food.