In the spring of 2013, I was awarded my B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Gender Studies from Western Oregon University. While there, I worked with Dr. Debi Brannan and managed her Social-Cultural Research Lab. Through the lab, I was part of a group that wrote a paper on the experiences of novice Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) teachers. Independently, with Dr. Brannan and Dr. Joel Alexander as faculty advisors, I conducted a study exploring perceptions of feminism. Both papers were published in the spring of 2014.
I started working with Dr. Ehrlinger and the Social-Cognition Lab in the summer of 2014. Since, I have become very interested in naive realism and the ways in which it influences our perceptions of others. My additional research interests include gender as a social construct, implicit mindsets and positive psychology topics (especially gratitude and courage).