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:
To what extent do we compare ourselves to others on social media, and how do those comparisons affect us?
How do young people’s social environments, both online and offline, influence their use of e-cigarettes (also known as vaping)?
What are the benefits of social media use and how can social media help us improve our health?
I’m currently a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Psychiatry at UC San Francisco, where I’ve had incredible opportunities to explore all of these questions and more. Starting October 1, I will be continuing my fellowship at Stanford University. My current lines of research involve adolescent e-cigarette use, tobacco use disparities in the LGBTQ+ community, and co-occurring health risk behaviors.
Outside of the lab, I love cooking, working out, spending time with family and friends, and exploring all that the beautiful Bay Area has to offer.