About Me

I earned my PhD in Psychology from the University of Rhode Island in the area of Behavioral Science where I focused on Social and Community Psychology with minor focus in Research Methods and Gender/Multiculturalism. I received my Masters degree in Psychology from Brandeis University, located in Waltham, Massachusetts, in the areas of Social and Health Psychology and it was here that I first became interested in social determinants on individual health behaviors, intentions, and help-seeking. I graduated with my Bachelors of Science in Psychology with honors from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. After teaching as an adjunct professor while in graduate school and then as an Assistant Visiting Professor of Psychology at Lewis & Clark College, I joined the Psychology Department at Pacific University in September of 2011.
Hobbies and Interests
When I am not on campus, I love to travel with my spouse of 16 years, Andy. These trips always expand my understanding of social life, revitalize my creativity and curiosity, and allow me to be most “in the moment”. Since 2007, Andy and I have remodeled our house in NE Portland and just completed the last big project! We currently share our home with our furry family member, Emmett the Wonder Dog. During the summer, I take classes in painting, pottery, and other creative endeavors.
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