Dr. Light’s research focuses on the self-concept and self-regulation. One line of research explores factors that contribute to feelings of uncertainty about oneself, with a focus on life experiences and close relationships as sources of either affirmation or doubt regarding the self-concept. In a second line of research, Dr. Light explores how clarity about the self-concept may serve as a resource for self-regulation and goal pursuit, with applications to academic, health, and personal goals. She is currently investigating how social factors, like receiving social support from others, may bolster goal pursuit for people who feel uncertain about themselves and their goals. Dr. Light received her PhD in Social Psychology from the University of Chicago and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Duke University.