My work focuses on the evolution and ecology of the emotions. I develop theoretical models of the selection pressures that produce emotions, the environmental cues that induce emotions, and the physiological mechanisms through which emotions operate. I then test the predictions of these models using a combination of fieldwork, laboratory analyses, large-scale population based datasets, and cross-species comparative studies.
In my applied research, I study how social inequality becomes physiologically embedded and produces health disparities. I strive to merge my interests in emotion and health by producing research that lays the groundwork for novel approaches to promoting mental health. I am particularly interested in structural interventions such as redesigning built environments and altering workplace organization.