Assistant Professor of Psychology,
Ursinus College
Ph.D Social Psychology,
University of Connecticut

About Me


I'm a recent graduate of the Social Psychology program at the University of Connecticut. In August, I will be joining the faulty at Ursinus College. My research broadly focuses on the experiences of individuals with marginalized identities: how they interpret and react to reminders of stigma, and the downstream health consequences of this process. I use multiple methodologies in my work, including classic social psychological measures of behavior and self-report, neurological markers of attention and executive function (ERPs), and cardiac measures of arousal (HRV). Together, this integration allows me to take a larger systems approach to the stress of stigma.

When I'm not teaching or conducting research, you can find me canning vegetables from the garden, wandering knit shops, or taking my dog, Cassie (adorable face to the right), on a romp in the woods. I invite you to explore these pages to get a better sense of my experience and philosophy regarding academia.



2020 | Ph.D.

University of Connecticut

Social Psychology | Quantitative Methods Certificate

Dissertation: Stress Appraisals and Coping Strategies in Response to Palatable Food Cues Among Women with a Spectrum of Internalized Weight Stigma

2016 | M.S.

University of Connecticut

Social Psychology

Thesis: Protest and Police Violence, in Black and White: Racial Differences in the Allocation of Attention

2012 | B.A.

University of Oregon

Psychology | Spanish Minor

magna cum laude

Departmental Honors

Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society

Undergraduate thesis: Stereotypes as an Attentional Deficit: Examining the P1 in the IAT


Awards & Funding


Reinka & Leach (2017) recognized as a Top 20 Article for the Journal of Social Issues, 2017-2018.

Provost's recognition for excellence in teaching

Christine N. Witzel Award|Scholarship in support of innovative research in women's health issues 


University of Connecticut Graduate School Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship

Society for Personality and Social Psychology Graduate Student Travel Award


Maurice J. Farber Graduate Fellowship (2016-2020)


NexGenCT Doctoral Fellowship (AY 2015-2016)



Diane Quinn

Professor of Psychology,

University of Connecticut


Mary Himmelstein

Assistant Professor of Psychology,

Kent State University


D. Betsy McCoach

Professor of Research Methods, Measurement, and Evaluation,

University of Connecticut


Nicole Landi

Associate Professor of Psychology,

University of Connecticut





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Tel: 610-409-3293

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