Valerie is currently completing her PhD at the University of Auckland. Her research focuses on how our current experiences and perceptions can change and bias how we remember our past. Valerie’s research examines how factors such as depression, stress, emotion regulation, and negative emotions can color our memories making the past seem more stressful and negative than it actually was, and how these biased memories influences future wellbeing.
Valerie utilizes diary and longitudinal methods to assess memory biases as they occur over time during routine life. To assess how these memory biases function within a relationship context, she is working on a dyadic study to assess how memory biases influence relationship functioning and perceptions of a romantic partner over time.