Brief Biography

In 1994, I graduated with my Bachelor of Science with Honors from the University of Wyoming in Psychology.  I was an active undergraduate researcher in Dr. Narina Nunez’ lab for over 2 years.  I co-authored and presented two posters at the Joint Meeting of the Western and Rocky Mountain Psychological Associations and I completed a senior Honors Thesis examining the effect of elderly victim/witness stereotypes on jurors’ decisions (Law and Human Behavior, 1999, 23 (4), 413-423).

I followed my passion and pursued a doctorate in Developmental Psychology at the University of Utah.  I collaborated with Dr. Cecilia Wainryb on many research projects examining children’s and adolescents’ moral reasoning and understandings of diversity.  The findings from these studies were presented at the Society for Research in Child Development, the Society for Research on Adolescence, and the Jean Piaget Society, and published in the journals of Child Development, Developmental Psychology, and the British Journal of Developmental Psychology.  I defended my dissertation on children’s and adolescents’ understandings of unfairness in May, 2002.

I was hired in 2003 as an Assistant Professor in Psychology at Weber State University, and earned tenure and was promoted in rank to Associate Professor in 2009.  I enjoy teaching Introductory Psychology, Interpersonal Relationships, Child Psychology, Adolescent Psychology, Social Psychology, and Moral Development.  I have an active research program examining various aspects of socio-moral development and social cognition in childhood and adolescence, and I enjoy collaborating with WSU students on these research projects.  I also mentor students' own work in directed readings and research courses on topics ranging from disorganized attachment to the development of the visual system.  I take pleasure in serving my department, college, university, and profession in a number of roles (e.g., Department Adviser, Interim Department Chair, Chair of General Education Improvement and Assessment Committee, Faculty Adviser to Psychology Club and Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology, Local Arrangements Chair for the 39th Annual Meeting of the Jean Piaget Society, ad-hoc reviewer for many professional journals).

On the personal side, my husband, Garth, is a Principal of a thriving architecture firm in Salt Lake City who creates sustainable and energy efficient designs.  We are fortunate to love and to be continually challenged by our careers.  My daughter, Hannah, and son, Liam, are my pride and joy and bring developmental theory to life!  As a family, we enjoy boating, swimming, fishing, skiing, and playing with our dog, Bugsy.  In my personal time, I enjoy reading, yoga/pilates, and Irish dancing.

Weber State UniversityOgden, Utah 84408

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