Broadly conceptualized, my research primarily focuses on the intersection of romantic relationships and the self. My specific lines of research examine how aspects of the self (e.g., self-concept, executive functioning, motivation) are associated with various relational processes.
My most recent work includes: (1) developing a model of relationship-induced self-concept change and exploring how various types of self-concept change are associated with relationship functioning; (2) examining the underlying motivational components of self-expansion (i.e., individuals' fundamental desire to expand their sense of self); and (3) extending the self-expansion model to non-relational contexts and exploring the various benefits this type of self-expansion.
I have additionally conducted research on weight and weight loss stigma, specifically how various weight-loss methods (e.g., high vs. low effort) affect perceptions of and discrimination toward a formerly overweight target.
I have also taught a variety of courses, such as: