My current research focuses on the impact of system-level messages about hierarchies on psychological well-being and health.
I see great potential for social scientists to defend the rights —both civil and human — of those among us who are not able to do so because of historical disadvantages. While I am a classically-trained social psychologist, I hold a strong interest in ethics and social justice. During my post-doctoral training in medical ethics I worked directly with brain injured patients and their families. In this work, I was able to utilize traditional techniques of social psychology to understand how social and cognitive processes can influence medical decision-making that has real-world outcomes for patients.
Currently, I am working with Jaime Napier at New York University, Abu Dhabi to explore how social psychology can answer questions of social justice. Specifically, we are asking questions about how members of historically stigmatized groups cope with the knowledge that they are devalued by (at least some) members of society.