- B.A. in Psychology from Northwestern University
- Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Arizona
- I’m married and have the two most adorable children ever born to anybody anywhere. My mother thought her two kids were the most adorable ones ever born, but I now know that she was wrong.
- I’m a St. Louis Cardinals fan and a Green Bay Packers fan. These geographically disparate teams became my favorites as a product of moving around a bit when I was a kid. I “discovered” baseball when I was in 3rd grade and living in Missouri, and I “discovered” football when I was in 5th grade and living in Wisconsin.
- My one and only brush with celebrity greatness came when I was in the 4th grade and my father took me to a car show in Rolla, Missouri. The car show’s celebrity hostess was actress Donna Douglas, known best for her role as Elly May Clampett on “The Beverly Hillbillies.” She evidently thought I was a sweet kid, as she gave me her autograph as well as a kiss on the cheek. For a 4th grader, that was a very impressive experience.
- Learning is a collaborative process between the instructor and the student, and both must be actively engaged in deep processing of the course material. That can be accomplished in a variety of ways, but one such method that I feel is particularly effective is applying the concepts learned in the classroom to real-life problems or to the student’s life experiences. I try to work such activities into all of my classes. For example, in my Psychology of Motivation course I have an assignment in which students are to take the motivational principles learned in class and apply them to effect some change in their lives – usually a change that the student has wanted to make for a long time but has been unable to accomplish. I’ve seen wonderful changes occur in the lives of students as a result of that project!
- My research focuses on psychophysiological aspects of emotion and its relationship to emotion regulation processes. I use electromyographic and skin conductance recording technology to do so.
Major project underway:
- One of my current studies examines the relationship between cyclical hormones in the menstrual cycle, PMS symptoms, emotion regulation and psychophysiological measures of emotional expression. I’ve done a variety of emotion psychophysiology studies in my time at UIS, and have always had undergraduate students working alongside me in the lab (which I love!).
Advice to prospective students:
- I have two pieces of advice for students: 1) sample a wide variety of courses, as this is the best way to get an idea of disciplines you may wish to pursue. And when doing so maintain an open mind – when I was an undergraduate I had no desire to learn about the brain and deliberately avoided courses on that topic. However, after graduating I got my first job as a research assistant in a neuroscience institute I discovered that avoiding those classes had been a big mistake! I discovered through that job that I loved neuropsychology and made it the focus of my graduate studies. 2) Get involved! Most departments have opportunities for students to collaborate with faculty on scholarly projects – take advantage of those opportunities whenever possible. Not only are these wonderful learning experiences, they are invaluable for those who wish to pursue a graduate education.
Best thing about UIS:
- Me! Just kidding – UIS has many wonderful features, but for a professor by far the best feature is the ability to teach in relatively small, intimate classroom settings that allow students and faculty to get to know each other. I know all of my students by name within the first month of a class – how many public university faculty can say the same? Coupling this feature with the fact that faculty also maintain active programs of scholarship makes UIS a unique place that can offer the best of both worlds to students.