I am a fifth year doctoral candidate in the social psychology interdisciplinary health program at Rutgers University-New Brunswick. I use she/her/hers pronouns.
I currently conduct research under the advisement of Dr. Diana Sanchez at Rutgers University in the Close Relationships, Identity, and Stigma (CRIS) Lab and collaborate with Drs. Lori Hoggard (Racism, Identity, Coping and Health Lab), Gandalf Nicolas (Nicolas Lab), and Evan Kleiman (Kleiman Lab).
My experience in both health/clinical and social psychology research labs has developed my interest in studying how individuals with socially devalued (i.e., stigmatized) identities form expectations of identity-based devaluation and the outcomes of expecting such devaluation on interactions with others and health. Much of my research strives to promote beneficial intergroup communication, whether it is within interpersonal or healthcare contexts, with the ultimate goal of developing research lines that can be applied to improve the well-being and health of individuals with varied stigmatized identities (e.g., sexual minorities, racial minorities, people living with mental illness).