I am a social psychologist whose research explores how emotions shape and are shaped by social processes. Specifically, my research focuses on the adaptive functions of positive social emotions such as pride and gratitude. This program of research covers intrapersonal (within person), interpersonal (between individuals), and intergroup (between groups) processes.
The goal of my research is to uncover, via empirical methods, the nature of socio-affective experience and the myriad ways that such experience shapes and is shaped by social interactions. Specifically, I consider how emotions that appear to have functions that are adaptive for social interactions (e.g., pride, gratitude, compassion) shape behaviour. I also engage in research that applies the principles of affective science into applied domains, including the motivation that underlies blood donation. To achieve these goals, I employ a variety of methods, including interpersonal emotion inductions, experience sampling procedures, and psychophysiology. I collaborate extensively with colleagues at UNSW, at other Australian universities, and around the world.
I am open to supervising new postgraduate and/or Honours students in the areas listed above as well as other, related topics. Interested students should contact me via email to discuss these options.
I am Associate Editor at the journal Emotion. I engage in ad hoc reviewing for 16 other journals across the field of psychology and other related disciplines. I am a frequent contributor to The Conversation. I am a member of the Self-Assessment Team for the UNSW SAGE Athena Swan Pilot. I am an active member of the Society for Affective Science and the Society for Personality and Social Psychology.
2017 UNSW Faculty of Science June Griffith Fellowship for Women in Leadership
2014 Australian Psychological Society UNSW Lecturer of the Year