I am a PhD candidate in Organizational Behavior at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. My research is driven by the goal to promote individuals’ wellbeing and performance, the success of the organizations they work for, and the flourishing of the communities they inhabit.
My dissertation focuses on activity adequacy mindsets – people’s mindsets that their level of physical activity is adequate or inadequate, and thus beneficial or harmful to their health. First, I show that people’s activity adequacy mindsets predict longevity, regardless of how active people actually are. Second, I examine how common behavior change interventions (e.g., guidelines, wearable fitness trackers, social comparison) can influence these mindsets, sometimes with unintended adverse consequences. Third, I’m conducting a longitudinal field experiment to investigate the cognitive, affective, behavioral and physiological processes through which mindset shape health and wellbeing.
In another line of research, I examine how organizational cultures of diversity and inclusion can enable employees from all backgrounds to thrive. For example, I have worked on several projects showing that subtle social-psychological interventions to bolster people’s sense of belonging at critical time points (e.g., employee onboarding) can have sustained positive effects on their personal and professional thriving. Additionally, I have conducted research to inform diversity and inclusion practices as a PhD Fellow at Google (People Analytics) and RIVA.
My dissertation committee includes Alia Crum, Jeff Pfeffer, Ashley Martin, James Landay, Mike Baiocchi, and Jeff Hancock. I am also a member of the Stanford Mind & Body Lab and the Stanford Catalyst Project on Motivating Mobility.
In the News
On my 2020 paper with Alia Crum on physical activity recommendations and mindsets:
On my 2017 paper with Alia Crum on perceived physical activity and mortality: