Ph.D. University of Michigan
Psychology Office: 3239 E. Hall
Psychology Phone: 734-647-7622
Alternate Office: 5240 ISR
Alternate Phone: 734-936-1964
Research and Teaching Interests
My research interests focus on the contextualized nature of individuals’ self-construals and their role in self-regulation. I investigate these theoretically related issues in four domains that are usually treated as independent areas of psychological research.
One line of research focuses on racial identity and social cognition, particularly how social and cultural contexts influence self-concept, judgment, reasoning, attribution and important everyday behaviors (e.g. school persistence and academic attainment) and the effect of self-concept and racial identity on motivation, reasoning and behavior.
A second line of research focuses on cultural and cross-cultural psychology and multiculturalism and their implications for how we think. Specific application of this research agenda includes a series of preventive interventions in Detroit Public Schools, an NIMH-funded Prevention Research Training Grant and research on the antecedents and consequences of racial identity.