I have broad interests in the social psychological factors that influence health and health behaviors, particularly for people living with or at risk for chronic disease or in need of general lifestyle changes. Specifically, I am interested in how factors such as social identity, the self, social support, and self-efficacy affect goals and motivation to perform self-care behaviors. I am currently researching how the self-as-doer identity, an identity as the doer of one’s behavior, can provide motivation to enact health behaviors in both clinical and non-clinical populations and for a broad range of health behaviors including exercise and healthy dieting.
Education
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI 2012
M.S., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI 2009
B.A., Northwestern College, Orange City, IA 2007
Personal Interests
I enjoy being outdoors. I love to garden, run, and downhill ski. I also enjoy spending time with my spouse and two children.