Psychology Part-Time and Visiting Faculty 2018-2019
My research focuses on psychological measurement and assessment, particularly how to improve the measures that we use, as well as attitudes and other psychological variables in the workplace.
I am a behaviorist and interested in how the science of Applied Behavior Analysis can be used to solve socially significant problems. I would love to take part in any research project that includes a measure of behavior, as defined as behaviorists (i.e. a specific action that can be observed and measured by others). I am very open to collaboration across disciplines to evaluate the impact of an environment factor(s) on behavior as well as other variables, across populations and areas. I have collaborated with physical education departments, sport facilities,recreation departments, and elementary schools. I have conducted and published research in the areas of physical activity, exergaming, dance, golf, gymnastics, safety skill training, caregiver training, college instruction, academic performance, social skill training, and overcoming fear and anxiety in swim lessons. I am very passionate about conducting research in the assessment of physical inactivity and development of effective interventions to increase physical activity among all ages for the masses. Furthermore, every semester that I teach, I evaluate the delivery of my courses to identify instructional procedures that are most effective in producing a college learning environment in which students are engaged, enjoy the material, perform well in the course, and are capable of applying the class content to their lives. Although, physical activity and academic performance are my main research interests, I am interested in spreading the science of ABA and open to all research ideas.
Collaboration between Schools and Board Certified Behavior Analysts
Functional Assessment Instruments for Physical Activity
Ethics in Practicing the Science of Applied Behavior Analysis
My research interests focus on two distinct domains. (1) My work involving group processes focuses on creativity and information exclusion in groups. In particular, I am interested in how mood and beliefs about groups influence creative performance. Moreover, my research investigates how ostracism and being “out of the loop” influence group dynamics (e.g., trust and liking of group members) and organizationally-relevant outcomes (e.g., job satisfaction). My latest projects have concerned interventions and individual differences (e.g., trait mindfulness) that mitigate the effects of ostracism, studied both in lab settings and in the workplace. (2) In the realm of psychology and law, my research examines how mock jurors respond to inconsistent statements present in a witness’s testimony or in confession evidence. I am also interested in understanding the challenges that the wrongfully-convicted face once they leave prison (e.g., securing employment).