I am currently an Assistant Professor of Psychology area at Wayne State University and affiliate faculty of the Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute for Child and Family Development. I received my Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles and completed a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the University of Southern California.
My research examines adolescent social-emotional development and health across diverse contexts. I am especially interested in understanding when and how youth adjust when faced with interpersonal stressors, such as bullying, discrimination, and dating violence. Most of my research takes place outside of the lab and in youth's everyday environments in order to capture adolescent "life as it's lived." The ultimate goal of this research is to shed light on potential intervention approaches and social policies that can promote healthy relationships and positive adjustment among youth.