I have a bachelor's in clinical/experimental psychology, and master's in industrial/organizational psychology, and a doctorate in psychology with focus in social psychology. My master's thesis was "“Increasing Job Satisfaction Through Increasing Organizational Commitment: A Training Model” and my dissertation was “How Social Identity Influences Social and Emotional Loneliness”. My active area of research is on loneliness and identity, and how they influence health and well-being. I have done research on community and professional response to terrorist attacks before and after 9/11, causal factors that lead to suicide completion, attitudes towards individuals who have epilepsy, effectiveness of mental health peer support programs, psycho-social factors that influence tribal college student success, the effects of domestic violence on pregnant women, effectiveness of father support groups, non-cognitive factors that influence classroom performance, and various applied research programs that focus on increase a not for profit organization's performance.
I have been teaching in higher education for more than 13 years. I have taught in the areas of psychology, sociology, counseling, criminal justice, and social services. Before my higher education career, I worked in various areas of psychology including working with survivors of family violence, children who been sexually abused, development of an elder abuse intervention and stalking intervention program, mental health therapist for incarcerated women, consulting with not for profits who were struggling, and developing college violence prevention programs.