I am currently a postoctoral scholar at Northwestern University, working with Edith Chen and Greg Miller, with funding from a Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA Postdoctoral Fellowship. I received my Ph.D. in 2012 from Stanford University, where I worked with Jennifer Eberhardt, Hazel Rose Markus, and Carol Dweck.
My research, which is at the intersection of social and health psychology, aims to understand and address health disparities. I show that health and well-being depend upon fit between people and their social contexts. When people’s traits, thoughts, and feelings fit with what is normative and valued in their communities, and they feel included, rather than excluded, they are more likely to be healthy. This insight is especially important in an increasingly diverse, yet still unequal, society, where minority status due to race, socioeconomic status, immigration status, gender, and sexuality can threaten people’s sense of inclusion and cultural fit. The lack of fit that many groups experience in majority or mainstream cultural contexts is an under-acknowledged but powerful contributor to health disparities, and changing social contexts to improve fit will reduce these disparities.