My general research interests are health behaviors and interventions, health communication, health disparities, and the biopsychosocial processes associated with health-related risk factors and outcomes. I am also interested in stress coping and the intersection between stress response, cognition, and health.
My current research projects include investigating: diet, body image, and quality of life in individuals with Cushing’s Syndrome; dietary behavior and diet-related health inequities across Latinx populations; relationships between fruit and vegetable intake and psychological well-being; applying the Common-Sense Model of Self-Regulation to understand how risk representations relate to health behavior; and barriers and hesitancy surrounding vaccination.
- 2017 – Present University of California, Merced
- Ph.D. Student, Psychological Sciences
- Concentration: Health Psychology
- Advisor: Linda D. Cameron, Ph.D. (Psychology Department)
- 2015 - 2017 California State University, Northridge
- M.A., General Experimental Psychology
- Master’s Thesis: Does Nature Make Us Smarter: Testing the Impact of Technological Nature on Cognition.
- Research Lab: Learning and Memory
- Thesis Chair: Erica L. Wohldmann, Ph.D. (Psychology Department)
- 2010 - 2014 California State University, Monterey Bay
- BA: Psychology
- Senior Thesis: College Students’ Attitudes toward Feminism
- Thesis Advisor: Mrinal Sinha, Ph.D. (Psychology Department)
Awards and Distinctions
- 2021 University of California, Merced Certificate in Quantitative Methods
- 2020 Psychological Sciences Research Dissemination Award
- 2020 William R. Shaddish Award for Leadership and Service
- 2019 Society of Behavioral Medicine Meritorious Abstract Award
- 2017-2018 California State University Chancellor’s Doctoral Incentive Program Scholar
- 2016-2017 California State University, Northridge Graduate Equity Program Fellow