About Me

I am a PhD candidate in Organizational Behavior at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. I study innovative ways to help people thrive at work and beyond by leveraging the psychology of mindsets, organizational communication, and technology.

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 social 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.

In the News

On my 2017 paper with Alia Crum on Perceived Physical Activity and Mortality: