Under the supervision of Dr. C. Raymond Knee, I received my Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of Houston in 2010 after completing a dissertation titled "Toward More Authentic Self-Reports: An Experimental Manipulation Based on Self-Determination Theory." My dissertation study examined past methods of reducing response bias and tested a potential alternative using the basic tenets of self-determination theory (Deci & Ryan, 1985, 2000).
In 2007, I received my M.A. in Social Psychology from the University of Houston, with a thesis on realistic and unrealistic control beliefs in relationships, titled "Assessing Unrealistic Control Beliefs in Relationships." As part of the requirements for a doctorate, I also completed a minor in Marketing through the C. T. Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston.
In 2004, I graduated magna cum laude (with high honors) from the University of Houston after earning a B.S. in Psychology and a B.A. in Communications (concentration: Media Production). By fulfilling all of the Honors College's requirements during my time at UH and by completing a senior honors thesis on long-distance relationships (LDRs), I earned the additional distinctions of University Honors and Honors in Psychology, the full extent of honors available to an undergraduate student. My honors thesis, which received a "Pass with Distinction," was titled "So Far and Yet So Close: Predictors of Closeness in Local and Long-Distance Relationships." Highlights of the manuscript were published as a journal article in Psi Chi's Journal of Undergraduate Research in 2006.
My research interests are varied. In the past, they have dealt mostly with problems or potential pitfalls in human relationships.
I'm also interested in applied topics, though I do not have previous research experience in some of them: