I am a postdoctoral scholar at Stanford University, affiliated with Stanford SPARQ and the Department of Psychology (Social Psychology), working with Jennifer Eberhardt, Hazel Markus, and MarYam Hamedani. I completed my PhD in 2023 in the Social-Personality Psychology program at York University under the supervision of Richard Lalonde and Joni Sasaki (now at the University of Hawaii at Manoa). I graduated with a BSc in Psychology (specialist degree) in 2014 at the University of Toronto (Mississauga campus).
How does culture shape the way we navigate our diverse social worlds? I study sociocultural factors that shape gaze cueing, mental inference, and other social cognitive processes that support our ability to effectively navigate our social environments. I am particularly interested in the boundary conditions of culture shaping "hard-wired" cognitive mechanisms .
Culture, self-construal and gaze cueing: [PDF]
Multilingualism and mentalizing: [PDF]
Presence of siblings and mentalizing: [PDF]
How do our multiple cultural experiences interact and shape our well-being? I examine the relationships between religious or racialized experiences and well-being, and how this may depend on broader cultural contexts, such as ethnicity and nation-level cultural values.
Asian health hazard stereotypes: [PDF]
Religiosity and well-being across nations: [PDF]
What are the implications of the way culture and diversity are represented "in the wild"? How is culture and diversity represented and talked about in our minds, and what are the implications for how culture and diversity is represented in our environment (e.g., media)? I examine how we can intervene on misguided ideas of culture and diversity using media to improve intercultural relations and increase accurate understanding of culture and diversity.
Lay misinterpretations of culture and biology: [PDF]