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/Wgss 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. My connection to the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program (WGSS) is the Psychology of Women course –– a class shared by Psychology and WGSS that serves as an elective for the Certificate in LGBTQ Studies.
Research and Creative Activities
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.