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 mental health difficulties, but also how enriching experiences (e.g., affection, cognitive stimulation) beget competence and build 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 Computational Social Scientist and Project Lead at the global design and innovation company, IDEO, where I use quantitative and qualitative research methods to discover and evaluate design solutions at the intersection of public health and technology. As a research scientist in industry, I am committed to bridging the gap between rigorous research and urgent social impact.
I have published 40+ scientific articles and book chapters. 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.
View a list of my publications on my google scholar profile.