Associate Professor of Teaching
Ph.D. University of California, Riverside
(951) 662-3735 (cell)
4306 Social and Behavioral Sciences Gateway
expressive writing, meta-analysis, positive psychology, health psychology, preventive medicine, educational psychology
I completed my PhD in Social/Personality Psychology at the University of California, Riverside in 2005 and my post-doctoral studies at at the Preventive Medicine Research Institute in Sausalito, CA in 2007. Since arriving at UCI in 2007, I have won several awards for my teaching, including the Campus Village Professor of the Month (2009), the Social Ecology Student Association Professor of the Quarter (2010), the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Fostering Undergraduate Research in the School of Social Ecology (2012), the UCI Lecturer of the Year Award (2012), and the UCI Yearbook/Senior Class Outstanding Professor in the School of Social Ecology (2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014). In addition to my teaching activities, I am currently the Director of the Post-Baccalaureate Program in Psychology and Social Behavior (http://psb.soceco.uci.edu/content/post-baccalaureate-program) and the Coordinator of the Social Ecology Excellence in Research Program (http://students.soceco.uci.edu/pages/social-ecology-excellence-research-distinction); I have previously served as the Director of Graduate Recruitment for my department (2009-2013) and the Director of the Social Ecology Honors Program (2010-2013). I actively collaborate with undergraduates on research projects (mentoring 1-2 honors students, post-baccalaureate students, and/or research assistants each year), and students in my lab have gone on to enter graduate programs in clinical psychology, social work, school psychology, international business, and dentistry.
My position at UCI is teaching-oriented, and I typically teach 6 large undergraduate courses (and one small seminar) per year; courses I have taught include Introduction to Psychology, Research Design, Naturalistic Field Research, Research Methods in Psychology (Graduate seminar), Statistics, Social Animal, Human Sexuality, Clincial Child Psychology, Social Relationships, Personality, Psychology of the Workplace, Honors Seminar, Psychology Fundamentals C, and Field Study.
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