I grew up in Mesa Arizona and moved to Logan Utah in 2003 to join the faculty at Utah State University. My degree, from Arizona State University, is in educational psychology with a specialization in lifespan development. My teaching and research focus primarily on the adolescent years. In addition to teaching, research, and writing, I enjoy playing golf and spending time with my family.
- PhD, Arizona State University, Educational Psychology, 1998
- MA, Arizona State University, Educational Psychology, 1995
- BA, Arizona State University, Psychology, 1989
My research interests in adolescents and their families shape a primarily quantitative research concentration on intergenerational learning and adolescent psychosocial development. Presently my research projects revolve around the influence of external factors, such as culture and technology, on family relationships and adolescent psychosocial development, centering around cognitive autonomy.
Additionally, I am actively involved in collaborative research consortia. I am the co-director of the Applied Research Lab in Lifespan Development at Utah State University; a research lab dedicated to mentoring young scholars in research involving issues across the lifespan. I am also the assistant director, overseeing program evaluation and methodology, at the Office of Parent Development International; a research lab dedicated to understanding global differences in parental practices and development.