About Me

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I received my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in August of 2005 from Northern Illinois University after completing my doctoral clinical internship at the Counseling and Student Development Center Northern Illinois University. I am also a licensed clinical psychologist in Pennsylvania and Illinois. My dissertation investigate the role of peritraumatic dissociation on physiological reactivity to reminders of rape experiences. My current research focus is on trauma and coping styles, specifically the relationship between avoidant and unhealthy coping styles after sexual trauma. My teaching interests include introductory psychology, personality and adjustment, abnormal psychology, clinical psychology, career counseling, trauma and crisis, and ethics and multiculturalism. I also supervise students therapy; provide consultation; and provide individual, group and family therapy. I worked for eight years in the Psychology Department at Western Illinois University and am currently an Associate Professor of Psychology at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College. More information about my teaching, research, and clinical work can be found throughout this site.

Contact Information

Office: 108 Turnbull
Mailing Address: School of Humanities and Social Sciences; Penn State Erie, The Behrend College; 4951 College Drive; Erie, PA 16563.
Phone: 814-898-6949
Fax: 814-898-6032

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