I have always been fascinated with how psychological development occurs in everyday interactions. My research centers on the dynamics of how individuals use talk to construct relationships, self-beliefs, and identity positions (e.g., a new mother may claim to be unchanged by motherhood or radically transformed by it). Specifically, I study how adolescents and young adults construct their selves by talking with others about sexual and romantic concerns, and their experiences of carrying, bearing and caring for their first child, with a focus on family and health-related contexts.