I love teaching. I prefer teaching that is collaborative and hands-on, so I try to create courses that have a mix of field trips, guest speakers, videos, in-class exercises, and thought-provoking assignments. A good class, with lots of discussion, provides a rush of energy – you leave the room thinking that you have the best job in the world! I try to make that happen in every class.
My doctoral work was focused on stress, crowding, and personal control. My consulting efforts have continued in this direction. I believe that in all environments a heightened sense of engagement and personal control leads to an increase in one’s sense of empowerment and self-confidence. I now work with colleagues and select students to apply this perspective in elementary, middle and high schools that need a “climate change.”
I currently regularly teach the following courses:
Prejudice and Discrimination
Happiness: Positive Psychology
Professional Issues in Psychology
- B.A. from Cornell University
- Ph.D. from Rutgers University