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My research focuses on understanding, reducing, and circumventing barriers to mental health, particularly for children and adolescents. In particular, my current work has two main goals. First, I aim to elucidate how people think about psychological problems and treatment. For example, I am interested in whether people perceive psychological problems differently in themselves compared to other people, and whether those perceptions might constitute barriers to treatment-seeking. Second, I aim to establish an evidence base for alternative methods of mental health treatment and treatment-delivery. Examples of alternative treatments include interactions with animals and therapeutic robots. I am particularly interested in how these kinds of interactions can be used to reduce stress and anxiety and improve mood and affect.