I am currently an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Dominican University of California. Since 2012, I have also taught at Chapman University. University of La Verne and California State Universities – Los Angeles and Dominguez Hills. Teaching evaluations are available on request.
During this time, I have taught the following courses:
-Advanced Research Methods
-Introduction to Psychology
-Psychology of Motivation and Emotion
As an instructor, I develop students’ ability to think critically, solve problems, and work collaboratively with each other. The techniques I use to cultivate these skills are research-based: holding high expectations and being accessible to all students. These two aspects of my teaching are related—having high expectations of students leads to a more trusting relationship, which greater accessibility then furthers.
I enjoy mentoring students in research tremendously, engaging undergraduate and graduate students in every aspect of my research program. I have found that my research areas, including motivation, health communication, and persuasion, are amenable to student collaboration because their applied nature allows students to be creative and focus on making a difference in people’s lives.