Humans live in a world full of rich and varied experiences. We can feel glowing love for a child, enjoy the tartness of a crisp apple, or feel our hearts pound with excitement during public speaking. Obvious the world influences how we feel, but can feelings also influence how we experience the world? Can feelings shape how we see a person or change how food tastes?
My core research explores how affective feelings influence experience, perception, decisions, and actions. I am particularly interested in leveraging social and affective science into healthcare settings.
I am currently a staff scientist at the Maine Medical Center Research Institute. Previously I was a postdoctoral scholar at Tufts University at the Center for Applied Brain and Cognitive Science. I completed my Ph.D. in psychology in the Interdisciplinary Affective Science Lab with Lisa Feldman Barrett at Northeastern University.