Before coming to UC Davis, I worked as a clinical social worker with children and families with extensive trauma histories. This experience has largely guided my current research interests in the impact of trauma and child maltreatment on parent-child attachment, psychopathology, autobiographical memory, and psychosocial development.
My research interests include factors related to well-being and emotional development of children and adolescents in the legal system, such as child victims and witnesses, and children in the foster care system. Specifically, what factors (e.g., emotion regulation development and parent/child attachment) contribute to children’s and adolescents’ well-being and mental health.
I am interested in various cognitive processes relating to jury psychology, including how emotions affect decision-making, subconscious thought, and stereotyping/prejudice. I investigate both theoretical and applied legal and social psychology, and I strive to improve the justice system by informing policy-makers with my work. My current lines of research study how stereotyping affects decision-making, the effect of emotional and/or disturbing information on executive functioning, and decision-making involving child testimony.