Members

Principal Investigator

My current research focuses on appetitive and aversive motivation in social interaction and close relationships. I am particularly interested in how approach and avoidance social motives contribute to the course and quality of social interactions and close relationships. My research also examines the positive aspects of close relationships and their role in physical and emotional health.

Graduate Students

I am interested in secrecy as an interpersonal phenomenon, specifically how the experience and burden of keeping a secret changes depending on the other people who are involved in or may be affected by the secret. I am also interested in interpersonal emotion regulation.

Generally, my research focuses on interpersonal emotion regulation - that is, how we regulate the emotions of close others - as well as the ways in which positive psychology is applicable to counseling psychology and psychotherapy. 

My research investigates how individuals' approach and avoidance motivational orientations may influence their emotions and the quality of their interactions. I am also interested in how emotions are regulated in interpersonal and/or intergroup contexts.

Alumni

Assistant Professor
Department of Psychology
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
 

Postdoctoral Fellow

Department of Psychology

Cornell University

Assistant Professor

Department of Psychology

California State University, Fullerton

Lecturer

Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences

Johns Hopkins University

My research interests include emotion, close relationships, well-being, and meaning in life. 

 Associate Professor

Department of Chicano/Latino Studies

University of California, Irvine

Associate Professor

Department of Psychology and Social Behavior

University of California, Irvine

Associate Professor

Department of Psychology

University of California, Los Angeles

Director of Content Algorithms and Data Science

Netflix

My research interests include positive emotions, close relationships, coping, and health. I am especially interested in understanding the pathways through which positive emotions impact health.

Assistant Professor

Department of Psychology

University of Toronto, Missisauga

Associate Dean and Associate Professor

Department of Psychology

Nevada State College

Managing Partner

Sigma Research Group

Associate Professor

Department of Psychology

Kent State University