Assistant Professor of Psychology
B.A. Psychology, University of Iowa
M.A., Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Minnesota State University
Ph.D, Social and Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Northern Illinois University
What research or projects are you currently working on with Coe students?
For the past several semesters, I've been working with a group of students to research the impressions that Facebook profiles leave on people who view them. Do you think people can figure out what your personality is really like just by looking at your Facebook profile? Last semester, a group of students and I looked at how statements advertising a commitment to diversity on college admissions websites (like this one!) might affect interest in the college differently for students who like to be around people who are different from themselves as compared to students who prefer to be around others who are similar.
I enjoy working with students on research projects that have clear applications in everyday life. It is most satisfying when students are highly engaged and especially when they risk offering challenges to our hypotheses or research designs.
What do you do outside of class?
Outside of class, I enjoy traveling and spending time outdoors. I have had a blast hostelling across Ireland and several other European countries - and can't wait for the next trip! Road tripping within the U.S. can be pretty exciting, too, especially when it's to a region that's new to me. During the summer, I enjoy hiking, camping, and gardening. My newest outdoor hobby is biking.
What is your favorite Coe tradition?
My favorite Coe tradition is the walk that the students take as they begin their journey at Coe and again at graduation. During orientation week, students pass by the faculty on their way into the commencement ceremony. Our applause is our way of welcoming to the new students to our campus. Years later, as the students walk to their seats at graduation, they again pass by the faculty. This time our applause represents our recognition of their hard work and congratulations on this important accomplishment. I love to see the excitement and pride on the faces both of the students and of the other faculty during each of these events.