I'm a PhD student at the University of Guelph in the Department of Psychology. My primary research specialization is social cognition—that is, I study the role of cognitive processes in how individuals feel about and behave towards one another. I also have research expertise in social marketing and online research methods. I am primarily interested in understanding and addressing prejudice—especially prejudice against sexual and gender minorities.
I recently defended my PhD, and will be receiving my degree in February 2017. My PhD thesis examined the role of zero-sum thinking—loosely defined as the perception that "your gain is my loss"—in generating prejudice against consensual nonmonogamists (e.g., individuals who practice polyamory) and reducing cooperative tendencies among students in a classroom.
I received my MA in psychology from Carleton University in 2011. Broadly, my Master's thesis examined the relation between categorical processing and affect. Specifically, I investigated categorization as an explanation for the Uncanny Valley phenomenon, which refers to the feelings of eeriness or disgust that individuals may experience in response to something almost-human.
Some of my research interests include:
- Stereotypes and prejudice
- Categorization and affect
- Gender expression and identity
- Consensual nonmonogamy
- Cooperation and competition
- Social marketing
- Online research methods
Feel free to contact me about collaborating, or with media inquiries about my research or requests for programming work. My email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org