I remember when my oldest sister used to come home from college and talk about her Psychology class -- I was hooked immediately. I earned my B.A. at Rutgers College of South Jersey, which, fortunately for me, was a good school that was close to home and not too expensive.
I took the long way 'round in completing my degree, among other things, travelling to California in a van with two friends. It was the 70's, and to me it seemed like all the exciting things were happening out there.
I worked as a proofreader for a few years after graduating, then earned a Master's degree in Community Psychology at Temple University. I was especially interested in family therapy, and at Temple I had the opportunity to study with James Framo, among other influential psychologists. After working as a psychologist and psychotherapist for a number of years, I earned my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Montana. My research there focused on depression in women, as it connected to gender roles and intimate relationships. In my internship at Hutchings Psychiatric Center in Syracuse, NY, I specialized in children and adolescents and family therapy.
There I was struck by the difficulties children and parents had that stemmed from disruptive behavior disorders like attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.
In 1996 I had the opportunity to begin teaching, and I soon developed a passion for this work. In Massachusetts I taught for a number of years at Bridgewater State College, where I earned tenure. My family moved to western Maryland in 2007, and in 2008, I had the good fortune to find my way to Shepherd University.
My undergraduate courses have focused on introductory psychology, developmental psychology, abnormal psychology and developmental psychopathology, the psychology of personality and positive psychology. I have also taught graduate courses in clinical psychology. In my research, I have explored factors that affect self-regulation and attention, and my current research involves the difficulties of ADHD in young adults.