Ph.D., Georgia Institute of Technology, 2014
My focus as an instructor is to help students learn about the multitude of ways that psychology applies to the world and themselves. I strive to create a classroom environment that is engaging and encouraging so that students feel comfortable asking questions and discussing various topics. I teach Advanced Research Design and Analysis (PSYC 3530), Abnormal Psychology (PSYC 3140), and Health Psychology (PSYC 3450).
My specialization is in engineering psychology (also known as human factors), which is the study of human capabilities and limitations, and the application of that knowledge to the design of systems and technology. I have been involved in research on the factors that influence the interaction of people with automated systems, designing a pain management app for older adults with osteoarthritis, as well as exploring the needs of certified nursing assistants working in home healthcare and the decision making of these individuals who work in assisted living facilities. Given that engineering psychology is a relatively lesser known field within psychology, I am always happy to discuss it in more depth.