Research

Human beings are endowed with a sense of self – a powerful psychological resource. We have the ability to take a bird’s-eye view of ourselves, and reflect on our past and future behavior. We experience feelings about who we are and what we do, and cannot help but to evaluate ourselves. Along the way, we learn to know who we are.

My research probes the origins, nature, and consequences of the developing self. What causes children to think and feel about themselves the way they do? How do significant others shape how children come to view themselves? Why is it that the self has such a profound impact on psychological development and health? What characterizes “healthy” self-views, and how are they different from less healthy self-views?

The questions I take are at the intersection of developmental, social, and clinical psychology. I strive to use theory from these different disciplines, integrate multiple methods (e.g., experimental, longitudinal, and experience sampling research methods), and prepare the ground for powerful application.