The self; self-esteem; contingencies of self-worth; motivation; interpersonal processes
344 Park Hall
Buffalo NY, 14260-4110
Phone: (716) 645-0228
Research in my lab focuses broadly on questions pertaining to the self, motivation, and interpersonal processes. In particular, we examine how aspects of the self (e.g., self-esteem, contingencies of self-worth, rejection sensitivity, social identities) interact with aspects of the social environment to affect intrapersonal and interpersonal outcomes. Integrating across diverse theoretical perspectives using multiple methods and levels of analysis, our lab investigates how fundamental aspects of the self: (a) self-evaluation and responses to self-threat, (b) the self in social context, and (c) temporal aspects of the self shape people's goal pursuits, well-being, and how people relate to others, for better or worse.
Funding from the National Science Foundation has supported our work examining how features of the social environment affect self-perceptions, motivation, and persistence of members of underrepresented groups in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM).