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).

Before joining the Laureate network full time in 2004, I was a senior research associate at the Institute for Community Research in Hartford, CT and Director, Survey Center and Data Management for the Institute for Community Health Promotion at Brown University. I served as biostatistician on grants related to exercise behavior and nutrition education in diverse populations; community health promotion and community health education; patient-doctor communication; cancer screening; LGBT health issues; and drug use and abuse among adolescents and emerging adults. It was during these years that I developed research expertise that bridged psychology and public health domains and expanded my expertise to quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods research. More current research interests and publications include topics related to higher education, including retention and persistence.

My academic and business leadership includes several roles including Dean, Vice President, and Vice President for Academic Affairs. I have experience managing large and complex budgets; marketing, enrollment, and retention teams; academic operations; academic online programs in the social behavioral and health sciences. In addition, I have served for many years as a peer reviewer for the Higher Learning Commission, one of the organizations responsible for oversight of regional accreditation.