Psychology Department Faculty


Assistant Professor

Teaching Areas

        Introduction to Psychology

        Research Methods

        Social Psychology


Previous Positions

        Texas A&M University (Kingsville)

            Assistant Professor of Psychology

       Radford University (Virginia)

            Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology

Graduate Training

        Kent State University: Doctor of Philosophy,

            Experimental Psychology/Social Psychology (1998)

Undergraduate Training

        John Carroll University (Cleveland, OH): Bachelor of Sciences in


Research Interests

I am interested in the application of social-cognitive principles and methodology to both legal and health contexts. I am particularly interested in how bias affects our ability to reach decisions in the medical domain. I have conducted research applying these issues to the areas of advance medical directives, general health decisions, and obesity.

Stereotyping and prejudice is a related area of interest to me. Issues concerning race and gender are important to me, and have always been a part of my research interests. I would like to further pursue the role that affect plays in both the formation and the maintenance of prejudice. Ultimately, I would like to incorporate these issues with my work in the legal and medical contexts.

I have most recently been involved in research on eating disorders and obesity in Hispanic, college-age population. I am also in the process of examining how attributional style affects reactions to a negative unexpected event in an ethnically diverse college sample. Additionally, I plan to revisit some of the work I conducted in graduate school examining reactions to favorable and unfavorable medical information, with a new focus on possible ethnic differences in these reactions.


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