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I’m broadly interested in personal reputation and emotion. I study the process of how people gain, lose, and recover reputation and how reputational information is stored and communicated in networks. Through a variety of settings ranging from the baseball field, sorority house, and Japan, my dissertation work examined the content, structure, and dynamics of personal reputation. My work on emotion has centered on discrete emotions (compassion, joy, gratitude) and how people regulate their emotions. I currently have projects on compassion for difficult people at work, the impact of joy on individual and team performance, and examining the social functions of gratitude at work by looking at different levels of analysis (individual, dyadic, group, and organizational). I take a multi-method approach to my work, employing both qualitative and quantitative methods in experimental laboratory and field settings.

My research has been supported by the Dispute Resolution Research Center (DRRC) at Kellogg, the National Science Foundation (NSF), UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center (GGSC), and Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE).

I hold a PhD in Social Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley, an MA (LMFT) in Counseling Psychology from Santa Clara University, and a BS in Psychology from the University of Washington. Outside of academia, I have professional work experience in a variety of industries including tech, consulting, and mental health. Currently, I am a postdoctoral research fellow at Kellogg in the Management and Organizations and Marketing departments.

Research Interests:

  • Personal Reputation
  • Emotion and Emotion Regulation
  • Compassionate Leadership
  • Ethics in Negotiations
  • Team Chemistry