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My primary interests lie in the area of attachment and close relationships. I have approached my research using tools from social psychology and social cognition, and more recently, from neuroscience. In particular, I have been interested in oxytocin, a neuropeptide implicated in social bonding, and its role in facilitating the building blocks of close relationships—that is, social motivation and prosocial/approach behavior, the processing of social stimuli and formation of social memories, and social attachment/bond formation. In addition to studying these processes in healthy individuals, I have been interested in applying the knowledge gained from preclinical work with animals in this area to better understand and, possibly, inform treatments for disorders marked by deficits in social functioning such as autism.

Ph.D. - Psychology (2004) - McGill University

Selected Publications