As a social psychologist, I’m fascinated by the roles we all play in each other’s lives and well-being, and how technology influences those roles– for better and for worse. My research has explored questions such as:
What are the benefits of social media use and how can social media help us improve our health?
How do young people’s social environments, both online and offline, influence their use of e-cigarettes (also known as vaping)?
To what extent do we compare ourselves to others on social media, and how do those comparisons affect us?
I’m a Senior Research Associate at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine, where I am part of the USC Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science. My research interests include youth tobacco use, social media and digital health, and tobacco use disparities in the LGBTQ+ community. I completed postdoctoral fellowships at UCSF and Stanford prior to moving to USC in 2021.
Outside of the lab, I love cooking, hiking, writing, spending time with family and friends, and exploring Southern California!