M.Ed., (1998) University of Minnesota Twin Cities, Minneapolis, MN
Ph.D. (2004) Clinical/Forensic Psychology, Palo Alto University, Palo Alto, CA
Research Interests Include
Clinical, Socio Cognitive Foci
Early priming through experiences or perception and an increased propensity to engage in risky and aggressive behaviors.
Adolescent health related decision making, what factors play a role: internal and external, the role of cognition, biological indicators, information processing models, and the impact of perception of experiences on decisions.
Advancing an understanding of the impact that early experiences (disrupted attachment, early exposure to violence, and abuse) on the developing brain and how this relates to anxiety and aggressive acts (such as violence and sexual offending).
Efficacy of clinical programming in current standards of practice in outpatient sex offender treatment organizations. What specifically contributes to success (active ingredients in treatment) and what does success mean?
Research Foci on Teaching
Effectiveness of course delivery methods; online, hybrid and face to face; engagement, strategies, rigor, and active learning.