I am an Assistant Professor with the Human Early Learning Partnership in the School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia. Previously, I completed graduate studies in psychology at the University of Heidelberg, earned my PhD in Educational Psychology from the University of British Columbia, and conducted research as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Illinois at Chicago and at CASEL.
My main research interests are factors linked to positive child development, and how to promote mental health and wellbeing in the school context. I focus on social and emotional learning in schools, risk and resilience, and positive youth development. My research investigates the role of peer relationships, relationships with adults (e.g., family members, teachers, mentors) and school-level factors (e.g., classroom climate) in achieving positive, healthy, and successful child outcomes. I conduct quantitative research with population-based data, intervention evaluations, and large-scale cross sectional and longitudinal studies. In my research, I take a whole-child approach, understanding child development within the ecological contexts in which children grow (i.e., home, school, neighborhood, society).