My research focuses on investigating how people pursue their goals and the types of strategies people use that lead to successful versus unsuccessful outcomes. Much of my research takes places in the context of self-control and health decisions. Currently, I am investigating how people view the difficulty of exerting self-control in the future (e.g., eating healthy food, exercising, and not spending). Results show that people are optimistic about the difficulty of exerting self-control in the future, and this optimism increases as temporal distance increases.
I am also interested in how the natural and built environment influence people’s goal pursuits and their physical and emotional health. I am also interested in research about food, health, and sustainability.