I am currently in the fourth year of my Psychology Ph.D. program with a concentration in Human Development and Public Policy Ph.D. program. I work with Dr. Kostadin Kushlev in the Digital Health and Happiness Lab focusing on social perceptions of technology and technology's influence on human behavior. I hail from sunny Southern California and have extensive previous research experience in health and social psychology. After obtaining my Ph.D., my goal is to continue working in academia and use both my Psychology research and Public Policy expertise to study the current and future impacts of technology and how it may better complement our lives.


A week during COVID-19: Online social interactions are associated with greater connection and more stress

Maureen Tibbetts, Adam Epstein-Shuman, Matthew R. Leitao, Kostadin Kushlev

Computers in Human Behavor, 2021

Exploratory factor analysis and validity of the virtual reality symptom questionnaire and computer use survey.

Daniel A. del Cid, Daniel Larranaga, Matthew Leitao, Robert L. Mosher, Sara R. Berzenski, Vipal Gandhi, Stefanie A. Drew

Ergonomics, vol. 64(1), 2021 1, pp. 69-77

The Effects of Smartphones on Well-Being: Theoretical Integration and Research Agenda

Kostadin Kushlev, Matthew R Leitao

arXiv: Human-Computer Interaction, 2020 Apr 17


Phone Sleep Project

An evaluation of how phone use during the day and right before bed impacts sleep and next day depletion.

Health Algorithm

An investigation of the influence and impact of algorithmic recommendations on people's health beliefs, judgments, and behaviors.

Phone Use and Social Connection

A mega analytic evaluation of phone use during face-to-face social situations and it's impact on emotional wellbeing and social connectedness

Computerized Authority

An inverstigation into level of authority given to computers as compared to other human beings.

Life During Covid-19

A study which look into the effect of living in lock down during the Covid-19 pandemic.