Assistant Professor of Psychology,
Ph.D Social Psychology,
University of Connecticut
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.
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)