Welcome! I’m an assistant professor in the psychology department at the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater. My research is on human and nonhuman decision making: more specifically, impulsivity and risk-taking. In the area of human decision making, I’m interested in how college students make decisions about how much alcohol to drink and how that alcohol affects their subsequent decisions. In nonhuman decision making, my background in operant studies of pigeons’ self control makes me excited to start my new line of research on dogs’ self control.
I currently teach statistics, research methods, comparative psychology, and introduction to the psychology major. I mentor a number of undergraduate students pursuing senior theses, conducting their own research, and contributing to the research described above. Some of my mentees came across my lab through campus initiatives aimed at encouraging nontraditional students to get research experience.
Previous education and employment (please see the CV tab):
Willamette University, Salem, OR: visiting assistant professor, full time, 2011-2013
Portland State University, Portland, OR: adjunct instructor for one course in Learning, 2011-2013
Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR: postdoctoral researcher in the department of behavioral neuroscience, 2009-2011; studied humans’ self-control and risk taking under the influence of alcohol
University of Florida, Gainesville, FL: PhD in psychology with an emphasis in behavior analysis