Interests


Much of my research takes a transdiagnostic approach to mental health disorders. Specifically, I
assess transdiagnostic factors (e.g., overvalued ideation, perfectionism, and impulsivity) and
processes that proliferate and maintain engagement in various health compromising behaviours
(current focus is on disordered eating and gambling). The research I have conducted is contributing
to the development of a transdiagnostic theory of mental health disorders, which will help explain why people engage in health compromising behaviours. The ultimate aim of this research is to enhance the prevention, assessment, and treatment protocols of various mental health disorders (e.g., prevention and treatment for disordered eating).

I also conduct research that investigates the mental health implications of group membership. This research integrates social identity theory (Tajfel & Turner, 1979) with theories from clinical psychology to assess the interplay between various group-based emotions (e.g., group-based guilt and angst) and the mental health of group members. Additionally, I examine the relation between components of social identification with a group (centrality of group membership in self-concept, attachment to the group, and feelings about group membership) and various indicators of health and well-being (i.e., psychological, behavioural, and biological factors). Another related research interest is in identifying factors that regulate and maintain intergroup conflict. The ultimate goal of this research is to shed light on factors that can help promote intergroup reconciliation and harmony as well as the health and well-being of people in conflict situations (e.g., refugees).

In addition, I am currently developing a tool (i.e., macro) that will facilitate the use of statistical power analyses for various statistical models (e.g., mediation and moderated-mediation) for use by the research community. The development of this tool stems from the current reproducibility crisis in psychology—a crisis that originates, in part, from the tendency for psychological research to be underpowered. The tool will help researchers enhance the reliability of their research findings in mental health and beyond.

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