I received my PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Waterloo in 2002, after completing a full-year internship at the Calgary Health Region. I also received honours undergraduate degrees from the University of Waterloo in Psychology (BA, 1995) and Computer Science Information Systems (BMath, 1991).
I am a faculty member in Laurier’s Social Psychology program. My research program (described below) is funded by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).
I study the forces at play during interpersonal interaction, including a variety of controlled and automatic processes underlying people’s dominance and friendliness behaviors. I am currently exploring how people’s moment-to-moment behaviors become entrained or synchronized to each other over the course of their social interactions. I am also intrigued by the processes contributing the individual differences in hypnotic ability. My research interests in personality and social interaction apply well to clinical circumstances involving psychopathology and therapeutic processes, as well as to everyday interpersonal interactions.
My collaborators and I have developed a joystick method of collecting continuous ratings of people’s friendliness and dominance behavior over time. We have used 3D graphing techniques to show this type of data rotating in real time, which helps to reveal its underlying structure. We have also started investigating stability and change in these patterns (issues of stationarity) using graphing techniques such as windowed cross correlations. From a substantive standpoint, the majority of the hypotheses and setting within which we investigate our research questions stems from the highly generative theoretical standpoint of interpersonal circumplex theory.
I have created a movie and PowerPoint presentation that provides a brief 3D demonstration of interpersonal complementarity during interactions. The demonstration shows the type of data that can be collected using our joystick monitor software using 3D rotations to reveal the data structures. To see this 3D demonstration, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
I have volunteer and paid research assistantship opportunities for conscientious and motivated undergraduate and graduate students interested in investigating the forces at play during people’s interpersonal interactions, particularly those underlying people’s dominance and friendliness behaviors. If you seek such an opportunity, please email email@example.com with your CV and interests, as well as approximately how much time per week you would like to work in the lab, and when you hope to begin. Volunteers may be considered for paid positions when they become available.
Interpersonal synchrony and entrainment:
Individual differences in hypnotic ability:
Dyadic data analyses and structural equation modeling: