Researcher biography

My research focuses on social functioning in three main domains: identity processes, emotion regulation, and human agency. At its heart, my research aims to understand the formation and consequences of social connections between people. I conduct two broad programs of work that address these research goals. My first line of research explores how emotions shape our social connections, focusing on how emotion can be regulated to create social harmony or social distance. My second line of work explores how and why social groups improve personal and social functioning, with consequences for individual health and well-being as well as group productivity and communication.

I completed my PhD at the University of Queensland before taking up a position as Global Scholar with the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research Global Fellow Academy. I worked as a postdoctoral fellow with Professor Alex Haslam at the University of Queensland before beginning my Australian Research Council DECRA fellowship in 2016. In 2017 I began a position as Lecturer the University of Melbourne and now hold an Honorary Research Appointment at the University of Queensland.