I am a Research Assistant Professor at University of Virginia in the Department of Psychology. How people regulate their emotions, particularly in response to stress, has consequences that last a lifetime. My research utilizes experimental methods from computer science and statistical methods from dynamical systems to understand age-related changes in facial expressions of emotion during face-to-face conversation. I also study the consequences of normative sleep disruption on emotion regulation for parents and their children, which formed the foundation of my interest in studying nested, bi-directional regulatory systems that operate and develop on different time scales.
I earned a Ph.D. in developmental psychology at Indiana University, Bloomington under the mentorship of John Bates. In addition, I earned a M.S. in applied statistics under the mentorship of Stanley Wasserman. I continue to benefit from the guidance and mentorship of my postdoctoral advisors Steven Boker and John Nesselroade.