- Associate Professor, Psychology
- Lifespan Development, Motivation, Opportunity, Perceived Control
- Ph.D., University of California, Irvine
My research examines how motivation and opportunity direct and reflect individuals' development across the life span. I am particularly interested in the dynamic relationships between individuals' broader beliefs about society, their beliefs about themselves, and their motivational commitment to central life goals. Current lines of research include: (1) anticipating and responding to the school-to-work transition, (2) development of adolescents’ and young adults’ goal choice, self-regulatory skills, and motivational strategies, (3) career development across adulthood, (4) prosociality across the lifespan, and (5) self-regulatory strategies, consequences, and benefits of modifying beliefs about one’s social mobility prospects and the meaning and causality of socioeconomic status attainments.