Academic Department: Psychology, Applied Behavior Analysis
I have been a member of the Department of Psychology since 1978. I teach courses in introductory, social and experimental psychology, as well as courses focusing on critical thinking, prejudice and the interface between psychology and law. In recent years, much of my time has been devoted to teaching these courses more effectively and finding ways to encourage my students to think carefully about psychological issues. My early research focused mostly on egotism, self-handicapping and attribution and was published in prominent social psychology journals. I also served on the editorial board of the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology in the 1980s. My more recent research, which has been published in the journal Sex Roles and presented at national and regional conferences, has focused on how gender role expectations are likely to inhibit women's attempts to safeguard their sexual health. I have also collaborated with many undergraduates over the last several years on problems that are of mutual interest resulting in research studies that have been presented at regional and national psychology conferences.