My research at UC Berkeley seeks to understand the social psychological drivers of high performance in individuals and teams. I study the role of social cognitive constructions (e.g., reputation, team chemistry) and positive affect (e.g., compassion, joy, gratitude) on individual and team performance. I link these fundamental aspects of social life to leadership, emotion regulation, and ethical performance in negotiations.

I employ a broad range of designs in my research (e.g., archival, laboratory and online experiments, field studies, interventions, structured and semi-structured interviews) and utilize a variety of methods (e.g., self-report, peer-reports, daily experience sampling, behavioral and observational coding).

My research is supported by 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).

Research Interests:

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