In the classroom, I work with and alongside of my students, rather than in front of them. I aim to help students become aware of their important role in the creation of knowledge. In each of my courses, I highlight the iterative nature of the scientific method, provide hands-on interactive learning, and work to foster a collaborative and inclusive learning environment.
I value innovative pedagogy and regularly participate in continuing education. Most recently I have completed trainings in Team-Based Learning and have incorporated this learning paradigm into many of my courses. I am committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in education. In line with this commitment I use high impact practices in my teaching, have attended intergroup dialogue workshops, and participated as a member of the Associated Colleges of the Midwest DEI in STEM planning team.
I teach introductory, clinical, and assessment-related courses.
Psychology impacts daily life in many ways—at home, school, work, and even when resting. In this course, students learn to think like psychologists, focusing on the science of psychology from five perspectives: biological, behavioral, cognitive, social/personality, and clinical.
This course provides an overview of common psychological difficulties, their potential causes, current evolving diagnostic criteria, and approaches to their treatment. We take a case study approach to understanding whole people, beyond their disorders. Throughout the course, we also discuss practical issues and “hot topics” in the field.
In this course, students are introduced to commonly used psychological tests (IQ, achievement, personality, psychopathology, neuropsychological, career aptitude), basic psychometrics (test properties), and development of their own psychological measure.
This course provides an overview of theoretical and applied aspects of mental health intervention. The three major course components are: profession of clinician & foundational skills; major theories & methods of psychotherapy and methods of helping; engagement in experiential activities and personal reflection.
Advanced Psychopathology: Anxiety and Its Disorders
In this advanced seminar, we examine risk factors and prevalence, diagnostic definitions, classification, empirically supported interventions, transdiagnostic features, and other issues in the scientific study of anxiety and its disorders.
Internship in Psychology
This course provides students with an in-depth, immersion experience into what it is like to work in the helping professions of counseling, clinical psychology, and clinical social work. Through this course, students have the opportunity to apply their knowledge in a real-world, clinical setting. Course content additionally covers issues of ethics, diversity, termination, and working within institutions/organizations.
Clinical Psychology Term
I currently direct Clinical Psychology Term at Knox College. Clinical Psychology Term is a term-long immersive experience for junior and senior students interested in pursuing careers in clinical, counseling, and social work fields. Students take two clinically-oriented courses and complete internships in clinical and social settings.
Our most recent Clinical Psychology Term cohort engaged in internship experiences at a range of settings in the local Galesburg area.