2012 Clark University – Ph.D. Psychology
2007-2009 Lancaster University (UK) – Graduate Study in Psychology
2001 Johns Hopkins University – Principal Certificate I
1996 Johns Hopkins University – M.S. – Gifted and Talented Education
1990 American University – B.A. – Psychology
Area(s) of Expertise
I received my Ph.D. from Clark University in Worcester in Social Psychology with a specialization in developmental/cultural aspects of education. The focus of my past research has included the decisions that students make to help them become successful as well as what makes unsuccessful students change their perspective and drive and become eager to learn and excel. This research led me to further explore the constructs of courage and how courage can impact education and career choices.
Currently this has led to my desire to work with the population of figure skating judges to see how they approach judging. My past research with this population showed that a four-factor model of courage provides an effective profile for judges at the highest level of competition (Olympics and World Championships). I am currently working on research to see if this courage profile is one which develops at the highest levels of judging or if it is pre-existent in judges who will excel to the highest levels of competition.
In my teaching, I focus on teaching of content-based courses which draw on my past teaching and outside experiences.
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