Hello! I am a Postdoctoral Research Scientist working with Professor Niall Bolger at Columbia University and Professor Patrick Shrout at New York University. I received my PhD from McGill University, working with Professor John Lydon.
The overarching theme of my research is an exploration of the fundamental psychological need to belong. I am particularly interested in two interconnected questions: How do we reconcile our desire to connect with others with the similarly deep-seated desire to protect the self from social pain (e.g., rejection, ostracism)? And how do acute or chronic experiences of social pain affect our feelings and motivations, and so our thoughts and behaviour? Much of my work has examined interpersonal experience through the lens of attachment theory, and in the contexts of relationship initiation or mixed-motive conflicts.