PhD, Human Development and Family Studies, Iowa State University
MS, Human Development and Family Studies, Iowa State University
BS, Psychology, University of New Orleans
I specialize in adolescent development, including physiology of puberty, trauma, and stress, as well as sex education research.
My prior research examined the effects of childhood sexual abuse on physiology in incarcerated adolescents, and determining how sex education can better serve LGBTQIA+ youth and emerging adults. I have worked on projects utilizing the Trier Social Stress Test (TSST) to assess the effects of partner support on stress and responses of salivary biomarkers to laboratory stressors. I also led multi-site testing of a novel technology to rapidly measure salivary cortisol.
I am eager to engage with Northland's students, local organizations, and other stakeholders to keep strengthening the health of this community. My aim is to serve as a bridge between academic research and organizations serving the youth and families in the area. Students who would like to join my research group can expect to participate in grant writing and program evaluation for local orgs.
I teach General Psychology, Lifespan Developmental Psychology, Adolescent Development, Neuropsychology, and Hormones and Behavior.
I enjoy cooking, gardening, fishing, woodworking, kayaking, and many other fun activities. I love exploring new hobbies (my most recent interest is fermentation). My partner and I have two cats, Whiskey and Gnocchi (who goes by 'kitty').
I am looking to learn sewing, sailing, and take flying lessons in Superior. Feel free to email me if you have these skills or have similar interest/resources.