I am completing my PhD at York University in the Social and Personality Psychology Department, working with Richard Lalonde in the Cultural Collective Lab.
I completed my M.Sc at Western University in 2017 in the Personality and Measurement program under the supervision of Paul Tremblay.
I completed my BA at The University of Waterloo in 2012, where I did a double major in Psychology and History.
Major Areas of Focus
My primary research and teaching interests are in the following areas
- Social Identity & Historical Narratives The historical narratives we familiarize ourselves with can play a large role in how we think about our collective identities and the way we interact with the world around us. My dissertation work focuses on the interplay between national identity, biases in historical narratives, and their relationship to current sociopolitical perspectives.
- Research Methodology Much of my research applies a mixed-methods approach, but my primary interest lies in quantitative methods (specifically Structural Equation Modeling, Profile Analysis, and Psychometrics). In my undergraduate courses on research methods and statistics, I teach students how to conduct research within the open science framework, highlighting the importance of data management, transparency in research, and the application of "new statistics" using R statistical software.
- Stereotypes The presence of positive stereotypes, such as the model minority stereotype applied to Asian Canadians and Americans, can often undermine more pernicious aspects of these stereotypes (such as identity denial) and ignore the relevance of other prevalent negative stereotypes. In the Cultural Collective Lab, we have explored the relationship between well-being and various stereotypes applied to Asian Canadians and Americans.
- Measurement Despite its centrality to most psychology research, there is often limited attention paid to designing and evaluating adequate measures. However, the operationalization of unobserved variables can be a deceptively difficult task. In both my research and my teaching, I emphasize the importance of the qualitative and quantitative processes that go into creating and assessing strong, reliable, and valid measures.