I am a developmental and educational psychologist in the Department of Psychology at the University of Chicago, where I currently work as a Postdoctoral Scholar. In September 2020, I will begin a new position as the Associate Director of Research and Evaluation at the Susan Hirt Hagen Center for Community Outreach, Research, and Evaluation at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College. In August 2018, I earned my Ph.D. from the Department of Comparative Human Development at the University of Chicago. My undergraduate training was in both Psychology and English; in my research, I bridge the theoretical divide between the two, by examining the psychology of narrative and story-telling across development.
Broadly construed, my research examines the cognitive and socio-emotional benefits of sharing stories of personal experience for children across development, from early childhood through adolescents in high school. I employ diverse research methodologies, including naturalistic parent-child observations in everyday home contexts, lab-based elicitation tasks, and in-classroom intervention studies, to answer questions such as: What kinds of language structures frequently occur in personal narratives, and does this change across development? What are the effects on cognition and emotion of sharing stories of personal experience with others? Does the content relayed, or the ecological system in which narratives are situated, affect either language structure, or narrative’s cognitive or emotional effects?
You may read more about my current research and about my teaching background using the links above. You may also download my CV here (last updated: 5-8-20) and my resume here (last updated: 9-9-19). My Google Scholar page is here.
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