As a Ph.D. student in Educational Psychology (Applied Cognition and Development) at the University of Georgia, I research social influences on moral learning. I’m particularly interested how moral beliefs and moral behaviors spread across social networks, and how these dynamics are influenced by perceptions of social structure and ideological similarity.

My advisor is Dr. Michele Lease.

My Research Interests

  • Spread of Moral Beliefs and Moral Behavior across Social Networks
  • Influence of Loneliness and Fear of Social Rejection on Moral Conformity

Mixed Methods

  • Online Experiments
  • Social Network Analysis
  • Agent-Based Modeling


  • 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.