I am an Assistant Professor of psychology, computer science and the Brain and Creativity Institute (BCI) at University of Southern California. I am also the PI of USC’s Computational Social Sciences Laboratory (CSSL). My research spans the boundary between psychology and artificial intelligence, as does my education. My work investigates properties of cognition by using documents of the social discourse, such as narratives, social media, transcriptions of speeches and news articles, in conjunction to behavioral studies. My research interests include: 1. Theory-based natural language processing with direct applications to moral decision-making, group dynamics and culture 2. Investigating the role of sacred values in intergroup conflict and negotiation 3. Computational cognitive modeling. I received my Ph.D. and MS from Northwestern University and MS and BS from University of California at Los Angeles.
Perspective PhD Students: I am currently looking for PhD students, both in psychology and in computer science, interested in Social Media analysis and Decision Making. Please send me your CV and any related previous research.