PhD Life-Span Developmental Psychology, West Virginia University
MS Life-Span Developmental Psychology, West Virginia University
MS Experimental Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
BS Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
I grew up in Wisconsin and have always appreciated the "Midwest nice." When I was young, my family would spend time in the UP, and that was when I learned to love the north woods. I have always liked spending time camping, hiking, and even enjoying the snow. Because of these experiences I have always appreciated being outside.
Not surprisingly, my doctorate research focused on people's connection to the natural world and how it relates to well-being. Northland is a perfect fit for me both personally and professionally.
My primary research focus is on well-being. Well-being incorporates positive emotions, engagement in meaningful activities, purpose in life, social relationship, and how we feel accomplishment. My main interests focus on how connectedness to nature and other environmental factors relate to well-being.