I’m a Social Psychologist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in NYC. My current research focuses on patient-provider communication within an oncology setting. Specifically, I am interested in how culture, religion, stigma, and other social psychological factors affect these conversations and the influence these factors have on patients’ health outcomes. Additionally, I am interested in how both subtle cues in our social world (i.e., primes) and explicitly held worldviews (e.g., religiosity) influence attitudes toward political issues, such as support (or lack of support) for universal health care. In my research, I pull from social psychological theory to inform health-related research questions. My research utilizes multiple analytic and research design methods including structural equation modeling, dyadic and longitudinal research designs, behavioral research, and psychological interventions among cancer patients.
In my non-academic life, I love cooking, traveling, running, and eating good food. I also shamelessly love living vicariously through people on the Travel Channel.