I am an Assistant Professor at the Department of Psychology at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. I also hold a Research Associate affiliation with the Learning Research and Development Center (LRDC) at the University of Pittsburgh. I received my Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology with a concentration in Advanced Quantitative Analyses from New York University.
As an applied developmental psychologist, I examine how specific perpetrators of ethnic-racial discrimination (e.g., peers, school adults, and law enforcement) shape children’s life course trajectories. The goal of specifying perpetrators is to inform setting-specific policies and interventions working to improve the well-being of all youth.
My research includes a series of first authored publications in Child Development, American Psychologist, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) and has been featured in the Huffington Post, Forbes, and the New York Times. I serve on the editorial boards for the Journal of Research on Adolescence and the journal for Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology.