I received my PhD in 2003 and my BA (Honours) in Psychology in 1998 from the University of Waterloo. I am an associate editor at Self & Identity, the journal of the International Society for Self and Identity. I also coauthor the market-leading social psychology textbook in Canada, with David Myers and Steve Spencer, published by McGraw-Hill Ryerson.
Most people want to feel positively about themselves, but positive self-evaluations can have adaptive or maladaptive consequences. In my Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council funded research, I study the complex psychological processes associated with self-evaluations, including self-esteem, narcissism, and implicit self-esteem (automatic, intuitive self-feelings that may disagree with more reasoned self-views). This focus has led me to study such related experiences as self-enhancement, defensiveness, mindfulness, interdependent self-construal, awe and self-diminishment. My research has been published in leading peer-reviewed journals, prominent academic book series, and presented at international conferences. It has also been featured in news media, such as The New York Times, the National Post, and Scientific American.
I often have research assistantships opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students interested in the self and social cognition. Contact me for more information.
I regularly supervise graduate students in the area of social psychology, studying self-related processes such as self-esteem, narcissism, self-enhancement and mindfulness.