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.
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.