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I am a graduate student in the clinical and cognitive areas and a member of the Thinking Lab in Yale’s department of psychology. My research concerns the ways in which attitudes and beliefs are affected by cognitive processes such as categorization and causal attribution. In particular, I have applied this focus to better understand the consequences of people’s conceptual and causal beliefs about mental disorders and other health conditions. Given ongoing changes in the predominant conceptualizations of mental illness (i.e., trends that favor viewing mental disorders biomedical illnesses), I have been particularly interested in causal explanations and conceptual understandings of mental illness, and their relationship to stigmatization and to attitudes and beliefs about psychopathology among symptomatic individuals, clinicians, and members of the general public.