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I study the benefits and risks of technology for relationships from a social psychology persepctive. I am interested in examining the types of relationships that people maintain online and how they use tools, like social media, to help them communicate with strangers, friends and family. More specifically, I have looked at how mobile phones can distract from friendship interactions. I have also examined how university students use Facebook to maintain and develop friendships during the transition to university. 

I am currently working on projects concerning online misogyny, emoticon usage in different cultures, LGBT relationships online, the experiences of gender diversee people, and the experience of power online. 

My future research projects will center on how we can preven online misogyny before it happens through using privacy controls and automated dictionnaries to find online misogyny. I will also continue my research on how cell phones can be so distracting during our face-to-face interactions and why we're so tempted to use them even when we know that they detract from our romantic and friendship interactions. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality

Education/Academic qualification

Psychology, PhD, How French and American Students Use Facebook during the Transition to University, Université Rennes 2

1 Sept 20144 Jun 2018

Award Date: 4 Jun 2018

Psychology, MRes, The effects of values and the prescence of a mobile phone on friendship interactions, Western Washington University

1 Sept 20121 Jul 2014

Award Date: 1 Jul 2014

Psychology, BA (Hons), Wake Forest University

30 Aug 200610 May 2010

Award Date: 10 May 2010


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