RECENT PROJECTS

With Amanda Perez and Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton, I co-authored a book chapter that offers an overview of the theoretical basis of, barriers to, and interventions aimed at improving belonging in schools that was published in the Cambridge Handbook of Applied School Psychology. Our discussion focuses on interpersonal relations and individual perceptions as fundamental to the sense of belonging.

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Along with Amanda PerezMalik Boykin and Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton, I wrote an article on the prevalence of racial discrimination in the United States published in PLoS ONE. In Study 1, we used a national representative dataset from the Pew Research Center to examine the differences across racial groups, and in Study 2, we experimentally manipulated question framing to see how it could affect responses. [View]

I was the Conference Coordinator for the AGEP National Research Conference, an NSF-sponsored  research conference that brought together researchers who were working to increase the number of underrepresented minority faculty in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) and STEM education fields. Click here or the "Pathways to a Diverse Professoriate" image for the conference program!

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With Vivian Zayas, Vasundhara Sridharan, and Yuichi Shoda, I co-authored an article published in Social and Personality Psychology Compass on two blind spots of commonly used experimental designs and how the Highly-Repeated Within-Person approach can help mitigate the two blind spots and increase confidence regarding the generalizability and replicability of findings.  [View]

My favorite class as an undergraduate at UC Berkeley was Emotion and Emotional Development with Joseph Campos. I was fortunate to be his teaching assistant for the next offering of the class the following year. Joe Campos and I (along with Linda Camras, Minxuan He, and Rosemary Campos) co-authored an article on emotional competence in tribute to Carolyn Saarni that had some theoretical origins in those classes. [View

For the Psychological Committee's inaugural Speaker Series event, I had the privilege of interviewing Dacher Keltner. We discussed the science behind the movie Inside Out and the lessons about emotions we can take away from his work and the film. Click on the above YouTube play icon for a video of my interview and the proceeding Q&A session or click here to view it on a new page. 

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