I am a Postdoctoral Researcher and director of the Peace and Conflict Neuroscience Lab at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. I received my Ph.D. and M.A. in Social Psychology at Temple University in 2018 and my B.A. in Psychology and Sociology at Florida State University in 2013.

In my research program, my goal is to understand the antecedents and consequences of intergroup conflict and to develop communication and psychological-based interventions that directly combat this animosity and systemic inequality. I have developed a research approach that 1) isolates socio-cognitive functions and communication barriers that contribute to or predict intergroup conflict, and 2) designs and implements interventions that directly combat intergroup conflict. I conduct this research in many contexts around the globe, and I often work with outreach organizations in order to tailor my research to the needs of communities that can most benefit from it.

I take a multi-method approach to my research by integrating methodologies from across the social sciences, including conducting laboratory and field experiments, implementing cross-sectional and longitudinal study designs, analyzing quantitative and qualitative data, and comparing data across cross-cultural contexts. With each of these approaches, I engage in open science practices by preregistering my studies and posting all study materials and data when ethical to Open Science Framework. I also adopt an interdisciplinary perspective in my research by combining divergent literatures from social and cognitive psychology, communications, and political science. I often collaborate with experts in both academia as well as non-profit organizations and artists/ filmmakers in order to focus my research on the needs of communities that are most affected by intergroup conflict. Further, I take a policy-oriented approach to my research, and I often work with policymakers to incorporate my research into actionable policy outcomes.

Current Research Interests

Understanding Intergroup Conflict

What are the psychological antecedents and consequences of intergroup conflict? What communication barriers contribute to intergroup conflict? How might the media exacerbate intergroup conflict?

Intergroup Conflict Interventions 

What are the most effective ways to combat intergroup conflict? What are the mechanisms through which successful intergroup conflict reduction interventions work? How can we leverage the media tocombat intergroup conflict?

Social Category Intersectionality

How do social categories intersect to influence intergroup processes, social-cognitive processes, communication, and behavior?

Implicit Social Cognition

What role(s) do implicit attitudes play in intergroup interactions? How do implicit attitudes map onto behavior? 




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University of Pennsylvania
Annenberg School for Communication 
3620 Walnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104


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