Brief Biography: I joined UW-Stout as an Assistant Professor in 2017 with experience working as a social worker, evaluation researcher, and an educator in the field of psychology. I received my MSW from Grand Valley State University and my Ph.D. from The Graduate Center at the City University of New York. In addition to my current position at Stout, I serve as a Research Fellow with the research-focused non-profit, Knology.
My first line of research explores the impact of social media use on human development in the context of our varied identities (e.g., gender, political). My recent studies have identified links between selfie-posting and narcissism, investigated perceptions of social capital on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and clarified links between FOMO and social media use. My second line of research focuses on the development and use of interactive technologies in education. I've evaluated the use of Wikipedia and archival research in psychological coursework and supported the PSYCH+Feminism initiative on Wikipedia.
In my national and international service roles, I'm on the Committee for Associate and Baccalaureate Education (APA), the Society for the Teaching of Psychology Diversity Task Force (STP, APA Division II), and Psi Chi's Committee for International Collaborative Exchange (NICE).
Teaching Interests: Introduction to Psychology, Human/Lifespan Development, Child Development, Research Methods, Experimental Psychology, Media and Development
Research Interests: Social media use and human development, online identity development, media representations of marginalized populations, interactive technology and pedagogy