I am a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania working with Dr. Angela Duckworth. I earned my Ph.D. in Psychology at Stanford University under the guidance of Dr. Carol Dweck.
I use psychological science to solve real world problems and improve motivation in educational contexts. I have over a decade of experience in researching and designing ways to foster environments that support the development of motivation and learning for all students.
From a young age, children develop mental models of how the world works. Is intelligence fixed or malleable? Is failure a debilitating experience or a tool for growth? Is willpower a limited resource or an energizing one? I study how mindsets — the lay beliefs we hold about the nature of basic human qualities and experiences – affect motivation, achievement, and well-being and how these beliefs are shaped. I look at how mindsets develop through children's relationships in school and family social contexts, and how they can be harnessed to address systemic disparities in education through interventions.