As a Ph.D. student in Educational Psychology (Applied Cognition and Development) at the University of Georgia, I research experimental moral psychology and moral education. I’m particularly interested in how causal judgments influence moral motivation and moral behavior, as well as moral contagion and the diffusion of moral responsibility across social networks.

My advisor is Dr. Michele Lease.

My Research Interests

  • Experimental Moral Psychology
    • Moral Motivation and Moral Behavior
    • Moral Contagion
    • Diffusion of Moral Responsibility
  • Mixed Methods: Experimental Philosophy, Ethnography, and Social Network Analysis


  • Riley, W., & Lease, A.M. (2018, May). Unilateral Friendship Strength and Reciprocal Friendship Strength Predict Lower Peer Loneliness in Preadolescents. Poster session presenting at 30th Association for Psychological Science Annual Convention, San Francisco, CA.