Education: Ph.D. Human Lifespan Developmental Psychology
Arizona State University (1995)
Department of Psychology and Education (APA Accredited)
Focus on adolescent development and developing critical thinking skills; counseling psychology and school psychology professional preparation.
Dissertation Chair: Dr. Robert Grinder
Committee Members: Dr. Sanford Cohn, Dr. Edward Nelsen, Dr. Elsie Moore
M. A. Special Education Arizona State University (1987)
Focus on language and literacy acquisition, gifted education and learning disabilities
Thesis Chair: Dr. Sanford Cohn
Committee Members: Dr. Kathleen McCoy, Dr. John Nelson, Dr. Lynn Nelson
B.A. Psychology Arizona State University (1984)
B. Ed. English/ESL Arizona State University (1984)
A.A. Psychology Phoenix College (1981)
Asst., Assoc. & Full Professor (tenured), Northern Arizona University-Yuma, Educational Psychology (1996-present ) Graduate courses taught include: Human Development (EPS580); Personality Adjustment (EPS591); Seminar on Critical Thinking (EPS593); Self-Management Techniques (EPS595); Developmental Perspectives on Diversity (EPS596); Educational Psychology (EPS605); Social and Emotional Needs of the Gifted (EPS599); Behavior Management (EPS606); Fieldwork (EPS608); Adolescent Psychology (EPS611); Adult Psychology (EPS612); Tests and Measurements (EPS664); Consultation in the Helping Professions (EPS671); Graduate Research (EPS685) ; Independent Study (EPS697); Writing Project Seminars (ENG/ECI672); Introduction to Research (EDR610), and Survey of Special Education (ESE 548). Undergraduate courses taught include: Educational Psychology for Elementary Teachers (EPS324); Educational Psychology for Secondary Teachers (EPS325), Introduction to the Exceptional Child (ESE 380).Child and Adolescent Psychology (PSY340), Psychology of Aging (PSY430) and History and Systems of Psychology (PSY450) as well as supervision of special education elementary, secondary & bilingual student teachers (ESE 491; ECI 490, ECI493 and ECI495). Many courses delivered via web or interactive television. Active on committees and accreditation teams locally and internationally; involved in a variety of research and training projects, grants and evaluations. Program Coordinator and faculty advisor for M.Ed. in Human Relations, Yuma Campus.
Invited Visiting Professor, University of Malaysia, Department of Anthropology and Social Sciences, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (2008-09).Delivered seminars to faculty and students on preventing youth violence. Helped to organize facilities, conference, abstracts and proceedings for 2nd International Conference of Asian Psychological Association. Presented research at conferences throughout Asia and Europe. Co-edited book, Building Asian Families and Communities in the 21st Century (Cambridge, 2010) with my department chair there. Other duties as assigned.
Invited Visiting Professor, University of Bologna, Department of Psychology, Bologna, Italy (2007).Delivered seminars to faculty and students on adolescent psychology, preventing youth violence and educational psychology. Presented research at conferences in Italy.
CNPq National Research Scholar & Professor, Instituto de Psicologia, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil (2004-2005)
Conducted, wrote and published research in the areas of adolescent development, tests and measurements and cross-cultural psychology with colleagues and graduate students in the doctoral adolescent psychology program. Worked to translate and norm psychological instruments (English to Brazilian Portuguese) in the Federal University Tests and Assessments Lab.
Professor of Psychology, Fulbright Senior Scholar at Vologda State Pedagogical University, Vologda, Russia and Leningrad State Regional University, St. Petersburg, Russia (2003-2004)
Recipient of Fulbright Scholarship for teaching and research. Taught graduate courses in methods of teaching English, psycholinguistics and cross-cultural psychology. Worked with doctoral students in educational psychology, specifically on international teaching practices, student perceptions of effective teaching and language acquisition. Conducted research on international educational practices, international issues in psychology, critical thinking, history of psychology and adolescent development. Offered relevant seminars; participated in conference planning, conferences (regional, national and international), doctoral defenses, university meetings and other university projects. Actively involved in distance education in Russia, offering seminars at campuses throughout the country.
Invited Visiting Professor, Instituto de Psicologia, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil (2002-2003)
Worked with doctoral students in developmental psychology, specifically adolescent development and psychology as applied to at-risk and incarcerated populations. Conducted research on international educational practices, international issues in psychology, critical thinking, history of psychology, and adolescent development . Offered relevant seminars and participated in university projects, conferences and meetings.
Faculty Associate, East Valley Statewide Programs Northern Arizona University (1993-1996) Graduate courses taught included Research (EDR610) and Critical Thinking (ECI593). Faculty Member, Liberal Arts (Psychology, English & ESL), Maricopa County Community Colleges (1988-1996) Courses taught included Introduction to Psychology (PSY101), Statistics (PSY230), Developmental Psychology (PSY240), Abnormal Psychology (PSY 280), Research (PSY290), Freshman Composition (ENG101), Research Writing (ENG102), Humanities Honors Forum (HU 291) and a variety of English as a Second Language classes including beginning, intermediate and advanced English Conversation courses and intermediate writing courses. Courses delivered at Mesa Community College, Chandler-Gilbert Community College, Paradise Valley Community College and Gateway Community College.
Psychology Faculty Member & Department Chair, Chandler-Gilbert Community College(1994-1996)
Courses taught included Introduction to Psychology (PSY101), Statistics (PSY230), Developmental Psychology (PSY240), Honors Forum (HU 291) and Research (PSY 290).
Served as Department Chair, on State Articulation Councils and College Accreditation Committees; chaired Honors Program; chaired Assessment Committee. Advisor for Psi Beta and Phi Theta Kappa.