Since I received my PhD in social psychology and women’s studies in 2005 from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor), I have been on the faculty at Rutgers University. I am a member of the social psychology area and maintain affiliations with Health Psychology, the Health Institute, the Race and Ethnicity Center, and the Women’s Studies Department. My research program consists of two lines, one of which concerns racial identity and minority status and the other, gender roles and identity in close-relationships.
My research on racial identity has mostly focused on perceptions and experiences of people from multiracial heritages. For example, I am interested in the fluidity of multiracial identity across contexts. More recently, my research has focused on how specific ethnic markers relate to perceptions of biracial and other minority populations.
My research on gender in close relationships has addressed how gender role investment influences psychological well-being, sexual behavior, satisfaction, and functioning. I examine the extent to which externally contingent self-worth explains some of the costs of investment in gender ideals. In my lab, we address various aspects of the gendered experience (e.g. stigmatization, perceptions of vulnerability, motivations, relational self-concepts, perceptions of the body) and how these experiences influence male-female relations and psychological health.