I am a licensed Counseling Psychologist and faculty member (PSY) at EMCC. I have a strong background in both research and practice. My specialty areas are gender, diversity, and health psychology.
My teaching syle is casual, friendly, but firm in terms of structure and deadlines. I believe that it is my job as a professor to assist students in learning how to succeed in college, as well as to engage students in all of the aspects of Psychology that are personally meaningful to them. Whether on-line or in-person, I believe that people learn best when they feel supported, connected, and challenged to do just a little more than what they thought was possible.
I am also deeply involved in undergraduate research, as I believe it is an experience that most 2-year college students do not have the opportunity for, but the benefits are tremendous. For me personally, having a mentor as an undergraduate that provided opportunities to conduct research and present at regional and national conferences determined my commitment to Psychology and helped me get into a PhD program without a Master's degree (I was the first admit ever without a Master's-- that is the power of undergraduate research!) At EMCC, students have a unique opportunity to do research and present at a professional conference. My strong belief in the power of mentoring and the ability of my students to do more than they ever imagined, leads me to work closely with students to achieve their goals. If the goal is an advanced degree in Psychology, I am eager to provide the mentoring that can make that possible.
I have two fantastic children who take up most of my time outside of the college. In whatever free time I can muster, I work on urban organic gardening (my goal is to produce 70% of our produce- although that is a long way off), study Spanish, and read (mostly Buddhist philosophy). Social justice is my passion. A little known fact about me: I was determined to either get a law degree in Social Justice or a PhD in Psychology. I could have gone either way. My father (an attorney) said that I would live at home, with my parents, forever if I did the JD. So off to graduate school I went! I still think about that law degree....maybe after retirement!