Welcome! I am a psychologist specializing in developmental science. I study how our earliest experiences shape socioemotional and cognitive development. My research approach considers variation in the environment across the full range of human experiences, from adversity to enrichment. I examine not only how adverse experiences (e.g., neglect, socioeconomic disadvantage) increase risk for difficulties, but also how enriching experiences (e.g., affection, cognitive stimulation) beget competence and build to resilience to challenges. By clarifying the environmental origins of mental health difficulties, my research informs the design of interventions and public health policies for children and families.
I am currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at Tulane University School of Medicine and the University of Texas at Austin. My research has received funding from the National Institute for Child Health and Human Development, the National Science Foundation, the American Psychological Foundation, and the Stanford Institute for Research in the Social Sciences.