Research

We become ourselves through others.
Vygotsky (1964, p. 43)

From a young age, children form mental images of themselves as a person. How do they come to see themselves? Guided by the idea that we become ourselves through others, I believe that social processes lie at the heart of children’s self-views.

My research focuses on the socialization of the self—how social processes shape children’s self-views, such as narcissism and self-esteem, and how these processes can be altered to help children flourish. Doing so, I seek to simultaneously advance our understanding of the self and develop interventions that bring about positive change in children’s real-world lives.

As such, my research lies at the intersection of social, developmental, clinical, and educational psychology. I am committed to theory-driven research in both laboratory and field settings.