What made you choose UC Davis?
Davis has one of the strongest psychology departments in the country, and I have admired its faculty in my area of social/personality psychology for a long time. It is, therefore, a real privilege to join the department. Being here also means living in the same city as my partner and getting out of the Michigan winters. All-in-all, I am really happy to be here.
What inspires you?
My students and colleagues inspire me.
What research are you currently working on? What makes it unique?
One of the things I have been working on is developing better models for psychiatric diagnosis. We have known for a long time that the way mental disorders are diagnosed is not quite right, and this causes problems in finding effective treatments. I think the field is on the cusp of really big changes in this area, and it is exciting to contribute to them.
If you could impart one piece of advice to our undergraduates seeking a course of study/career path, what would it be?
Find the people you want to be like and hang out with them as much as you can.
When not in the classroom or conducting research, what do you like to do?
I like to paint, play music and ride my bike around Davis.
Have you found your favorite spot on campus yet?
I suppose most people say the arboretum, and in this respect, I am like most people.
If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?
I would be totally transparent to others, so that they would know what I am feeling and thinking all of the time.