I am an Associate Professor of Psychology at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in the Department of Social Science and Policy Studies . I received my Ph.D in Social Psychology at the University of Virginia. My research program attempts to understand how factors in our social environment, especially those factors we are unaware of, influence decisions and interpersonal interactions. I investigate how different types of external and internal influences (e.g., social tuning, stereotypes/stigmas, the ability to perspective take, cultural orientation) affect attitudes, decisions, and interactions. I am particularly interested in how these factors influence decisions and relationships within the legal and organizational domains. Ultimately, I aim to promote and enhance equality, diversity, and cultural understanding. I also enjoy teaching and mentoring students. This year, I am happy to have approximately 6 majors working on their senior theses (MQP), and 8 more students working on their Interactive Qualifying Project (IQP), Capstone for their minor, or volunteering in the SPI Lab (Social Psychology Inquiry Lab)!