I’m a PhD candidate in social psychology working with Josh Ackerman at the University of Michigan. Before I started at Michigan, I received my bachelor’s degree in neuroscience from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN. After graduating, I worked as a research assistant and lab manager at the University of Minnesota and the Carlson School of Management.
Broadly, I use advanced methods and statistics to study how both modern and evolutionarily-relevant threats affect how people perceive themselves and others. For example, in my current work, I use the reverse correlation image classification task to estimate mental representations of infected persons. I’m also conducting a Cross-Temporal Meta-Analysis to test whether stereotype threat effects have dissapated over time, depending on negatively stereotyped group (e.g., Women, Black Americans).
I’m asking three main questions right now: (1) How do people mentally represent threatening persons, (2) How do people use emotional expressions in trait judgements, and (3) What are the effects of negative stereotypes changing over time?
M.S. in Social Psychology, 2017
University of Michigan
B.S. in Neuroscience, 2012
University of St. Thomas (MN)