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2002 Ph.D., Educational Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
1988 M.Ed., Elementary Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
1985 B.A., English, Southern Illinois University

Philosophy Statement:

I believe it is my role as a developmental psychologist to conduct and facilitate high quality research in developmental psychology and to support students as they try to conduct, understand, and apply that research to their own lives and careers. As a teacher, I feel my primary role is to support students as they learn research based theory and practice and incorporate that research into their own philosophy and professional beliefs and practice.

Courses Taught

  • EDPS 297 - Secondary Professional Practicum
  • EDPS 451/851 - Adolescent Psychology/Development
  • EDPS 962 - Research Literature in Personality and Social Development
  • EDPS 991 - SMNR: Educational Psychology and Measurements
  • EDPS 995 - Doc Sem

Professional Highlights

Honors and Recognition
UIUC Recognition of Teaching Excellence. 1999, 2001Ray Simpson Fellowship, UIUC College of Education. 2000
2002 to present, Assistant Professor, University of Nebraska-Lincoln2001-2002, Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Illinois1996-2001, Teaching and Research Assistant, University of Illinois1990-1993, Classroom Teacher, Windrush School, El Cerrito, California1985-1988, Teacher's Aide/High School Swimming Coach, Urbana Public Schools, Urbana, IL
American Educational Research AssociationAmerican Psychological AssociationSociety for Research in Child Development