Assistant Professor of Psychology
Office: Burgess 106A
PhD, Applied Developmental Psychology, University of Miami, 1999
MS, Applied Developmental Psychology, University of Miami, 1997
BA, Psychology (with Finance minor), Illinois Wesleyan University, 1994
My research interests include identifying risk factors and effective interventions for children with developmental disabilities, the social and communicative development of infants and young children, and family factors which influence development.
I regularly teach courses in General Psychology, Child and Adolescent Development, Adulthood and Aging, Social Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Personality Theory, and Tests and Measurements. I occasionally teach courses in Research Methods, supervise internships and direct independent studies and honors theses. In addition to course content presented in lectures, students will also be introduced to reading research in the area of psychology, raising "virtual" children, APA style, scientific writing skills and public speaking through individual and group presentations.
I am a member of the Society for Research in Child Development and am on the Executive Committee for the Gatlinburg Conference on Research and Theory in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. I also serve as the co-advisor for the Eureka College Psychology and Sociology Club.
After 10 years on the faculty at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida, my family and I moved back to Central Illinois in 2011 and I was very excited to find a position teaching at Eureka College! I currently live in Tremont with my husband and two boys.