I am a postdoctoral research associate in the psychology department at Lehigh University, with expertise in social, political, and legal psychology. I also have extensive training in survey design and the measurement of individual differences, experimental and non-experimental research methods, and a broad range of tools for statistical inference.
The overarching theme of my scholarly interests is how people come to understand themselves and others within their social worlds, and how these beliefs shape and change behavior over time. One of my goals it to better understand how unconscious and conscious beliefs about the self and others contribute to prejudice and perpetuate inequality. I address these questions by examining the psychological processes related to attitude formation and change, and their implications for social perception and behavior in political and legal contexts.
My theoretical interests have thus far largely concerned (a) the influence of meta-cognitive factors (i.e., inferences about the meaning of one’s thoughts) on prejudice-regulation, persuasion, and the structure and use of mass belief systems; (b) the role of implicit processes for bias awareness and stereotyping, person perception, and lay theories about intergroup dynamics; and (c) how these phenomena shape political choice and behavior, legal decision-making, and public policy attitudes. Understanding these phenomena has involved inquiries into the linkages among individual differences, social cognitive and attitudinal processes, sources of motivation for social action, and structural features of political and legal environments.