Degree: Ph.D. The Ohio State University
Area: Developmental Psychology
Positions: Professor of Psychology
Women's Studies Program Affiliate
Office: HHH 267
Phone: (715) 836-5524
I majored in psychology as an undergraduate student and received a BA from Michigan State University. I earned a MA and Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from The Ohio State University and joined the faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 2000. My area of specialization, developmental psychology, focuses on change across the human lifespan in physical, cognitive, and social/emotional terms.
I teach three courses for our campus: Introduction to Psychology (Psyc 100), Human Development (Psyc 230), and Psychology of Women (Psyc/Wmns 336/536). I am delighted to have my fall semester sections of Introduction to Psychology included in UW-Eau Claire's First Year Experience program. I am also very fortunate to teach multiple sections of Human Development as components of Liberal Education Bundles. Bundled classes afford the opportunity for me to collaborate closely with faculty from Biology, English, and Nursing as we team teach students co-enrolled in our courses. My connection to the Women's Studies Program is the Psychology of Women course---a class shared by the Psychology Department and the Women's Studies Program that serves as an elective for the Certificate in LGBTQ Studies .
Student-Faculty Collaborative Research Interests
I enjoy working with a diverse team of undergraduate student research collaborators. The majority of students on the team have chosen to continue working with me on projects that often span several years. I view these long-term, highly individualized learning experiences as extremely important components of both my scholarship and my teaching. As a faculty research mentor, my goal is to advance students' understanding of the fundamentals of research design: conducting a literature search; forming hypotheses; submitting IRB proposals; collecting, entering, and analyzing data; conforming to APA-style; and preparing results for conference presentation and/or publication. In addition to recruiting student researchers for projects in my own areas of expertise, I work with many students on research projects rooted in their own interests. For example, students in Psychology of Women are required to write a proposal for a research proposal. As the semester ends, I invite them all to follow up on this proposal as a collaborative research project with me, aiming at presenting their findings at a professional conference.