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I received my B.A. in Psychology from Lebanon Valley College (Annville, PA) in 2002, and completed my M.A. (2004) and Ph.D. (2008) in Developmental Psychology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. My dissertation focused on examining the joint effects of temperament and sensitive parenting on prosocial (i.e., helping) behaviors across childhood. I have published articles examining the social, cultural, and individual influences on empathy and prosocial behaviors in children, adolescents, and emerging adults, as well as the role of victimization and stress on anxiety, depression, and drinking behaviors across the lifespan. Additionally, I have published papers examining the psychometric properties of instruments used to assess these factors, and serves as a statistical consultant on multiple longitudinal NIH grants examining the well-being of children, adolescents, and working adults. Before accepting a position at UW-Parkside, I was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Northern Illinois University, a Visiting Senior Research Specialist at the University of Illinois at Chicago, an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Chatham University, and an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychology at North Central College.
Teaching, Research/Creative & Consulting Interests

Teaching Interests

Infant, Child, and Adolescent Development Lifespan Development Introductory and Advanced Statistics Research Methods Introduction to Psychology Moral Development Cultural Psychology

Research Interests

Social and emotional predictors of prosocial behaviors in children, adolescents and emerging adults Understanding the individual consequences of engaging in prosocial behavior Investigating measurement equivalence of survey instruments Culturally sensitive models of psychological and behavioral adjustment The influences of stress and victimization on adjustment across contexts Using advanced statistical modeling to understand mediation, moderation and clusters across development (Path Modeling, Growth Mixture Modeling)

Consulting Interests

Publications
Selected Publications

: Can Hovering Hinder Helping? Examining the Joint Effects of Helicopter Parenting and Attachment on Prosocial Behaviors and Empathy in Emerging Adults, The Journal of Genetic Psychology

Key Service Activities

Professional Service

: Editor, Associate Editor - Psychological Reports
: Editorial Review Board Member - Journal of Youth and Adolescence
Courses Taught

Spring 2018

PSYC 339 ADOLESCENT DEVELOPMENT
PSYC 210 INTRO TO HUMAN DEVELOPMENT
PSYC 210 INTRO TO HUMAN DEVELOPMENT

Fall 2017

PSYC 499 INDEPENDENT STUDY
PSYC 334 INFANT DEVELOPMENT
PSYC 210 INTRO TO HUMAN DEVELOPMENT
PSYC 210 INTRO TO HUMAN DEVELOPMENT
PSYC 101 INTRO TO PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCE

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