I am a broadly trained developmental psychopathologist with interests that bridge the areas of social, personality, and developmental psychology. My research focuses on mental representations, attachment relationships, and affect regulation. I am particularly interested in how mental representations develop, consolidate, and change, especially in the context of close relationships, and how they influence personality development. I am also interested in the role of impaired or distorted representations in regulating affect, and in turn, their role in the development of psychopathology. I am interested in infant-parent relationships, romantic relationships, and psychotherapy process and outcome as paradigms for studying how representations develop, perpetuate, and change. Ultimately, I want to understand the psychological mechanisms that influence personality development, elucidate clinical phenomena, and inform clinical strategies.
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