As a clinical psychology researcher, I’m interested in understanding and improving the social and emotional lives of people with and without serious mental illness.
My work attempts to answer questions such as:
- What motivates us to be social?
- What contributes to loneliness and social isolation in people with serious mental illness?
- In what ways do people with serious mental illness experience emotion differently than others?
- How is our physical health related to our social wellbeing?
I use ecological momentary assessment, mobile technology, psychophysiology, and neuroimaging to help answer these and other questions. I’m also interested in the development and evaluation of novel psychosocial treatments that address loneliness, social connection, and physical health outcomes for people with serious mental illness, with a focus on community-based and digital health interventions.
I received my BA in Psychology from Oberlin College, and MA and PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley. I am currently a postdoctoral associate in the Boston University Approach Motivation and Participation Lab.