I hold graduate degrees in several fields, including a Ph.D. in Social/Personality Psychology from the University at Albany, an M.S.W. in Social Welfare (Health/Mental Health/Disability) from the University at Buffalo, and an M.A. in English Literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I have over 10 years' research experience in social sciences, health, mental health, teaching, and writing journal articles. I'm currently an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Pennsylvania, partnering with the principal investigator of the Successful Aging project. I'm also a licensed Master Social Worker in the state of New York.
Throughout my career, I've supervised, taught and mentored many students, including ESL students. During two years as an academic advisor, I specialized in work with students on academic probation, including identifying students with undiscovered learning disabilities and linking them to support services. I also presented study skills workshops, with a focus on overcoming procrastination. While I'm most passionate about helping struggling students overcome academic and personal difficulties, I particularly enjoy working with students to improve their writing, research design and statistical skills and their understanding of social science.
As a licensed Master Social worker, I'm also a helpful resource for students experiencing emotional distress. I'm able instruct students in relaxation techniques to help reduce anxiety or behavioral skills to reduce procrastination, as these are often major stumbling blocks for students who underperform in class or on standardized tests.
In my spare time, I teach a tai chi course focused on preventing falls to older clients, read fiction voraciously (especially classics, but I have a soft spot for fantasy novels), play the Celtic harp, co-lead a Girl Scout troop, and serve as Secretary and Webmaster for the PTO and a mental health crisis volunteer for the Medical Reserve Corps. I also enjoy family time with my marathon-running husband, four rescue cats, and my lovely eleven-year-old daughter, who is an academically and artistically gifted speed-reader, but also struggles with attention deficit disorder. I follow new research and developments on learning disabilities with a keen interest, and apply the information to my work with other students.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of North Texas - Bachelors, English
Graduate Degree: SUNY at Albany - PHD, Social Psychology
ACT Composite: 27
ACT English: 33
ACT Math: 20
GRE Quantitative: 145
GRE Verbal: 169
Reading, volunteering, animal rescue, and playing the Celtic harp.
High School English
Study Skills and Organization