I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at Stanford University. I am a social-personality psychologist by training with interests in behavior change, individual differences, and digital media use. My research focuses on how digital media tools, and smartphones in particular, can be used to understand behavior and psychological experience. My main line of work examines the relationships between everyday behaviors (e.g., social interactions, daily activities), individual differences (e.g., demographics, personality), and life outcomes (e.g., well-being, performance). I also study how personality is expressed in physical and digital environments.
My approach is ecological, emphasizing the importance of studying people in the context of their natural environments. As such, I am interested in developing and evaluating behavioral tracking technologies that capture behavior unobtrusively in the natural stream of daily life. A long term goal for this work is to use behavior tracking technologies to promote self-insight and positive behavior change.
I hold a PhD from the University of Texas at Austin, where my dissertation focused on piloting and evaluating mobile sensing methods for the assessment of everyday behaviors like social interactions, daily activities, and mobility patterns.
News and upcoming events:
* Co-chairing a symposium with Sandrine Müller about combining sensing technology with experience sampling to capture daily life at the Society for Ambulatory Assessment annual meeting in Luxembourg, June 2017.
*Speaking about measuring personality and behavior using smartphone sensing at the Association for Research in Personality (ARP) Conference in Sacramento, CA, June 2017.
* Talked about my research assessing behavior with mobile sensing methods for an invited session about “Fresh Perspectives on Personality and Social Psychology Processes” at SPSP in San Antonio, TX, January 2017.
* Talked about using smartphone sensing in psychological research for the Social Psychology in the 21st Century: New Methods, Statistical Tools, and Crossing Disciplinary Boundaries Preconference at SPSP in San Antonio, TX, January 2017.
* Co-chaired a Professional Development session with Sandrine Müller about using smartphones in psychological research at SPSP in San Antonio, TX, January 2017.
* Started a Post-doctoral Fellowship at UT Austin, September 2016.
* Co-chaired a symposium about personality assessment with Dr. Anne Reitz at the 18th European Conference on Personality in Timisoara, Romania, July 2016.
* Sam Gosling talked about our research at a new methods symposium at the 2nd World Conference on Personality in Buzios, Brazil, April 2016.
* Talked about measuring social behavior using smartphone sensing at SPSP in San Diego, CA, January 2016.
* Co-organized the New Methods Preconference with Drs. Ben Crosier and Greg Webster at SPSP in San Diego, CA, January 2016.
* Our lab received an NSF grant to develop an automated smartphone-based personality classifier, September 2015.