About Me

Background

I have recently accepted an Assistant Professor position in the at Psychology Department at Skidmore College, beginning in the fall 2013 academic semester. I am currently a Postdoctoral Associate at Yale University, working with Dr. John Dovidio in the Yale Intergroup Relations Lab, and Dr. Jo Handelsman in the Center for Scientific Teaching. I completed my Ph.D. in March of 2011 at Rutgers University, working primarily with Dr. Laurie Rudman, and also with Dr. Diana Sanchez. I studied Psychology, Creative Writing and French at New York University, and completed my senior honors thesis with Dr. Madeline Heilman on the topic of negative reactions to women who fail to behave in a female sex-typed way. I then worked as the research assistant at the Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity with Dr. Kelly Brownell, completing projects on bias and stereotyping directed towards overweight individuals.

Research Interests

My work focuses on understanding and ameliorating inequality within institutions. Generally, I am interested in stereotyping processes and diversity, gender roles, and implicit social cognition. More specifically, I study the ways in which stereotypes shape behavior, social judgments, and self-regulation, and how these in turn impact intergroup relations and the equitable treatment of stigmatized group members within institutions.

To this end, my research falls into three basic themes: 1) the professional consequences of perceived gender stereotype violations for both women and men; 2) the factors responsible for undermining women’s self-promotion success; and 3) how the goal to be egalitarian shapes people’s attitudes about prejudice in the face of difficult hiring decisions involving diverse applicants. Additionally, new projects investigate the causes of and methods to ameliorate persistent bias against women and racial minorities in academic science (by providing the first evidence and revealing the underlying mechanism of science faculty members’ gender bias against undergraduate students, and testing a nationwide intervention designed to reduce faculty members’ racial and gender biases).

In addition to experimental laboratory studies, my work utilizes computerized reaction time data collection and internet-based sampling methods. I also employ advanced statistical techniques such as path analysis, multilevel modeling for dyadic and nested data analysis, and structural equation modeling.

Other

In addition to my primary research projects, I am interested in social justice issues, weight bias and body image, and sexuality and romantic relationships. My coursework has covered topics such as implicit assessment and methodology, attitudes and social cognition, advanced statistics (including a course on Structural Equation Modeling and a workshop on Multilevel Modeling), hatred and violence, personality, the self and intergroup relations, gender and sexuality, intergroup emotions, the history of psychology, and a seminar on teaching techniques. Outside of academic pursuits, I enjoy music, Pilates, going running, competitive gaming, and the food network.

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