Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Department of Human Behavior, Ecology and Culture
Deutscher Platz 6
I am a cross-cultural developmental psychologist. I received my Ph.D. from Simon Fraser University in Canada. Broadly, I study how culture shapes development. By examining infants’ and children’s experiences across various sociocultural contexts, I am trying understand the developmental processes that lead to cross-cultural variation in developmental outcomes. I am particularly interested in self-development and the socialization of cultural selves. I take a constructivist perspective to development and I use mixed methods of measurement including naturalistic and structured observations, experimental tasks, interviews, and questionnaires. My Ph.D. work with Dr. Tanya Broesch focused on mirror self-recognition in toddlers from Vancouver, Canada, and Tanna, Vanuatu –a small-scale society in South Pacific. Currently, I am working with Dr. Adam Boyette on projects investigating the relationship between parenting, children’s development, and cultural evolution. My research will involve fieldwork among communities of foragers and subsistence farmers in the tropical forests of Congo-Brazzaville.