I love higher education and research. While I never intended to pursue higher education as a career choice, a chance meeting with a faculty member piqued my interest in pursuing a graduate degree. I have been fortunate to have had a variety of very interesting professional experiences, including naval officer, student and residential life director, teacher, mentor, and university academic and business administrator. I have always listened to those inner voices, as well as those of the mentors with whom I have worked, that guide me along very different journeys. Personally, I love meditation, walking, reading, movies, and spending time with my two children.

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Work History

I received my PhD in Experimental Psychology (specializing in quantitative methods in psychology) from the University of Rhode Island (USA) in May 2000.  I also have  undergraduate degrees in Psychology from the University of Rhode island (1992) and in Engineering (Nuclear Engineering focus) from the University of Washington (1985).



Expertise is in statistics and research design comes with a distinct advantage: Researchers, and research teams, want and need the skills you have. I have been fortunate to have had many opportunities to work and publish with teams in a variety of disciplines, including nursing, public health, psychology, and higher education research and policy.

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Teaching & Mentoring

Mentoring is one of the most cherished aspects of my work; the responsibility to mentoring and teaching is an important one. I take to heart the responsibility for training the next generation of graduates who will advance research and practice. I have had the pleasure to mentor nearly 100 masters and doctoral students in a broad range of research topics.


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Websites of Interest

Pew Research Center


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