Education

  • Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, Psychology (Social and Personality), 2007
  • B.S., University of Richmond, Business Administration, 1995

Positions

  • 2019 –             Gail M. Williamson Distinguished Professor Department of Psychology, University of Georgia
  • 2018 – 2019    Professor Department of Psychology, Wayne State University
  • 2015 – 2016    Visiting Professor Institute for Family Research and Counseling Départment de Psychologie, Université de Fribourg
  • 2014 – 2018    Associate Professor Department of Psychology, Wayne State University
  • 2009 – 2014    Assistant Professor Department of Psychology, Wayne State University
  • 2007 – 2009    NIMH Postdoctoral Fellow in Health Psychology Department of Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles

Honors

  • 2017    Caryl Rusbult Close Relationships Early Career Award, Relationship Researchers Interest Group of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP)
  • 2016    Outstanding Contributions to Health Psychology by an Early Career Professional (APA Division 38)
  • 2014    Wayne State University Academy of Scholars Junior Faculty Award
  • 2013    Fellow, Society for Experimental Social Psychology
  • 2011    Sigma Xi, Wayne State University
  • 2009    American Psychosomatic Society Young Scholar Award
  • 2009    Finalist, UCLA Chancellor's Award for Postdoctoral Research
  • 2007    University Continuing Fellowship (Dissertation Fellowship), University of Texas at Austin
  • 2005    Travel Award, University of Texas at Austin
  • 2002-2003    Preemptive Fellowship, University of Texas at Austin

SPSP Service

  • 2020 – 2021     Professional Development Committee Co-Chair, SPSP
  • 2017-present     Professional Development Committee, SPSP
  • 2016 – 2017      Program Committee Co-Chair, SPSP
  • 2015 – 2016      Program Committee, SPSP
  • 2014     Poster Selection Committee, SPSP
  • 2009 – 2010      Conference Organizer, Relationships Research Interest Group Steering Committee, SPSP
  • 2008 – 2009      Associate Conference Organizer, Relationships Research Interest Group Steering Committee, SPSP

Other Service

  • 2018 – 2020     Board Member (Member-at-Large), International Association for Relationship Research (IARR)
  • 2017 – 2018     Program Committee, International Association for Relationship Research (IARR) 2018 Biennial Conference
  • 2017-present     Faculty mentor, International Association for Relationship Research (IARR)
  • 2015     Grant reviewer, UC Health Psychology Consortium.
  • 2013     Review Committee, Division 38 (Health Psychology) program of the 2014 APA Convention
  • 2012     Review Committee, Division 38 (Health Psychology) program of the 2013 APA Convention

Editorial Positions

  • Associate Editor, Social Psychological and Personality Science (2019-present)
  • Editorial Boards: Journal of Personality and Social Psychology: Interpersonal Relations and Group Processes (JPSP: IRGP, 2018 – present), Psychological Science (2018 – 2019), Personal Relationships (2016-2020), Journal of Family Psychology (2015-present), Journal of Social and Personal Relationships (2015-present), Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin (2012 – 2014, 2016 – present), Health Psychology (2011-2017), Journal of Research in Personality (2011-present)

Professional Affiliations

  • Society of Experimental Social Psychology (fellow)
  • Society for Personality and Social Psychology
  • International Association for Relationship Research
  • Social Personality and Health Network
  • Association for Psychological Science
  • American Psychosomatic Society

Teaching and Research Interests

Understanding the effects of people's close relationships on their health and well-being from a social psychological perspective is the central focus of my research and teaching. Much of my research has examined the twin roles of self-disclosure and interpersonal responsiveness in the development and maintenance of intimacy. In recent years, my work has focused on how smartphones, social media, and emerging technologies impact people and their relationships.

At the graduate level, I teach the Social Psychology of Close Relationships, Current Directions in Relationship Science, and Biobases of Health Psychology. At the undergraduate level, I teach Introductory Psychology, Psychology of Intimate Relationships, and Health Psychology.