Broadly, my research interests include social interactions and social support influences on coping, health and well-being, particularly in the context of a major life-upheaval (e.g., divorce, the passing of a loved one, or a traumatic experience). My research often utilizes the Electronically Activated Recorder (EAR), an unobtrusive, naturalistic observation method designed to intermittently capture snippets of ambient sounds from a person's momentary environment, yielding an acoustic log of their day as it naturally unfolds. The objective nature of the EAR allows us to capture behavior in real-time, bypassing many of the limitations that can occur with typical self-report methods, while providing us with the ability to investigate how people actually use their daily social lives to cope with upheavals. We also extract information about peoples' everyday language use from the sound files via text analysis, which enables me to investigate another topic of close interest; studying the ways in which natural language use reflects psychological states and traits, and determining how we can better utilize these linguistic markers in order to improve and maintain health and wellbeing.
I am a fourth year graduate student in the Social Psychology program. I work in the Naturalistic Observation of Social Interactions (NOSI) Lab under the mentorship of Dr. Matthias Mehl, and currently hold a B.G.S. in Psychology from the University of Kansas and an M.A. in Psychology from the University of Arizona.
Carey, A. L., Brucks, M. S., Küfner, A. C. P., Holtzman, N. S., große Deters, F., Back, M. D., Donnellan, M. B., Pennebaker, J. W., & Mehl, M. R. (2015). Narcissism and the Use of Personal Pronouns Revisited. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/pspp0000029