Principal Investigator



Professor of Psychology

I am a Professor of Psychology at the University of Toronto. I hold a B.A. from Wilfrid Laurier University and a Ph.D. from the University of Waterloo. Prior to coming to Toronto, I was a SSHRC post-doctoral fellow at Wake Forest University and a Senior Lecturer at the University of Queensland.

Graduate Students



PhD, Year 4

I am interested in both the dark and light side of romantic relationships.  On the dark side, what prevents people from self-disclosing and ultimately feeling disconnected from their relationship partner? On the light side, how do people provide adequate social support to their partner and help them overcome deep-seated fears of connection?  Through understanding both the fears and facilitators of opening up, I hope to shed some light on how best to foster a sense of intimacy and connection in romantic relationships.



PhD, Year 3

My research interests focus on how people maintain their close relationships. I am interested in examining individual and interpersonal factors that influence people's experience of relationship challenges such as disillusionment, boredom or temptations of infidelity. I am also interested in people's biased perceptions and expectations during relationship initiation that may be linked to maladaptive outcomes over the long term.

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PhD, Year 3

My research uses an attachment framework to study individual differences in identity formation, affect regulation, face perception and reward processing (e.g., feelings of social reward, attention to social cues). For instance, I am currently examining how attachment avoidance (discomfort with closeness) and community connectedness might influence the internalization of heterosexism. I am also interested in the way that specific causal explanations (e.g., biogenetic, psychosocial, social constructivist) influence the perception and evaluation of both social identities and social inequalities. For example, I plan to examine whether biogenetic etiologies of mental illness increase implicit mental health stigma.

Affiliated Graduate Students

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My current research interest include the objective measurement of personality traits, the relationship between life-narration and mental health, and the philosophy of psychology.

PhD, Year 4



PhD, Year 3

My research applies computational text analysis methods to social psychology, particularly moral and political psychology. I am interested in the moral language used in the realm of politics and surrounding issues like substance use disorders and sexuality.


Research Assistants

Karl Broch

Nathalia Calderon-Carvajal
Jacob Cameirao
Diana Enache
Akanksha George
Alathea Hayes
Laetitia Hill Roy
Hazel Kang
Julie Kim
Chiharu Liu

Ella (Oi Tung) Ma
Ming Ma
Jason Ruggeberg
Simone Rusu
Anna Wesolinska
Yaqi Yang