I am a third-year doctoral student (Ph.D.) in Communication at the University at Buffalo (SUNY), co-advised by Dr. Melanie C. Green and Dr. Janet Yang. I am also a member of the Narrative Lab and Dr. David Lee’s lab. My areas of research include the psychology of social technologies, risk, and science communication. In particular, I am interested in people’s emotional responses to social-networking sites and media frames and its impact on their digital well-being and decision making mechanisms. At present, I am involved in a National Science Foundation (NSF) project led by Dr. Yang that examines risk perception and psychological distance of COVID-19. I am a former Wee Kim Wee Legacy Fund Scholar at the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication & Information, NTU, Singapore; I earned my Master (by research) in Communication Studies during my time there.

My work has appeared at the International Communication Association Conference, the National Communication Association, Society for Risk Analysis and the Journal of Risk Research.

Outside of academia, I travel often with my husband, Derrick, and enjoy playing ‘fetch’ with our cats, Sumie, Edgar, and Bubby (though Bubby is not particularly fond of this acivity).