Area of Research
personality processes; personality development; the self; culture; emotions; psychometrics; longitudinal data analysis
My research interests lie at the intersection of culture, self, and emotion. My work is defined by two related lines of research. First, I study how people's self-views change during important developmental transitions. Second, I examine people's emotional experiences, both as enduring dispositions and as momentary states in everyday life. In my research, I seek to understand how one's cultural milieu, self-concept, and emotional life interact to shape individual differences.
Currently, I am co-director of the Karakter project (http://www.karakterproject.nl), a longitudinal research study focused on examining how everyday emotional experiences are related to positive personal growth in Syrian origin young adults who have recently resettled in the Netherlands.