I grew up outside of San Francisco, CA and moved to Washington State to attend college at Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA. At Western I completed a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with minors in Criminology and French. After Western, I took a year off and worked in several jobs including an internship with Northwest Youth Services working with youth diversion in Whatcom county. In 2000, I moved to Miami, FL and started graduate work at Florida International University where I completed a M.S. and Ph.D. in Legal Psychology. In this degree I applied psychological principles to the criminal justice system. My area of specialization is eyewitness evidence, specifically I have examined factors that influence eyewitness memory. In Miami, I also spent 6 months riding with local city and county police officers, which sensitized and educated me on different cultures and realities of life in a big city.
I decided after graduation that I wanted a slower pace of life and wanted to move back to Washington (i.e., the pretty happy state) and accepted a job at Big Bend. Currently, I teach Psychology and Criminal Justice (see courses below).
If you have any questions feel free to contact me or just stop by my office.
PSY 101 (Introduction to Psychology)
PSY 205 (Introduction to Social Psychology)
CRJ 200 (Essentials of Criminal Justice)
CRJ 206 (Introduction to Criminal Law)
CRJ 210 (Police Systems and Practices)