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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

My research is focused on how implicit attitudes and emotion regulation operate within relationships. More specifically, I am interested in how implicit relationship attitudes can shape our perception and emotional reaction to partner behaviors to ultimately influence the quality of the relationship. I am also interested in determining who individuals seek out in their social networks to regulation their emotions, and what factors drive specific relational partners to be more effective emotion-regulators than others.

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

I am broadly interested in approach-avoidance motivation, emotions, and intergroup relations.

Alumni

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

Assistant Professor

Department of Psychology

California State University, Fullerton

My research questions include: (1) How do partners synchronize verbally and behaviorally when they discuss sensitive issues (such as relationship conflicts and personal stressors)? Does this synchrony help them cope with these struggles? (2) Can partners regulate implicit signals of attraction (i.e. behavioral mimicry, sustained visual attention) when they come into contact with tempting alternatives to their romantic partner? (3) How are partners' mental representations of one another affected by communication, psychological distance, and relationship goals? 

 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