I joined SLU in 2015 as an Assistant Professor in the Psychology Department. My current teaching focus is Sensation and Perception with lab, Introduction to Psychology, Research Methods with Lab, and a Cognitive Science seminar.
My research program is centered around two primary areas. First, I investigate how people perceive, remember, and navigate through space, known broadly as spatial cognition. I use both natural and virtual environments to ask questions such as how people remember where objects are located in space, how people perceive spatial layout (e.g., distance, height), and how people learn new navigational routes. Second, I study how the physical environment, such as natural and built spaces, affects well-being. In this line of research, I am particularly interested in applied contexts, such as the effect of a residential greening intervention on psychological well-being, and the extent to which physical spaces are inclusive.
For the 2020 - 2021 academic year, I will conduct research on individual differences in restorative experiences as a research fellow at the University of Virginia's Center for Design and Health.
I grew up in Venice, FL, a small beach town on the gulf coast. I received my B.S. at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN, and my Ph.D. at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA. Most recently, I was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Richmond. In my spare time, I enjoy hiking, biking, and playing volleyball. I also like to read, play board games, cook, and spend time with my husband, daughter, and dog.
For additional information about my teaching and research, visit my website: https://myslu.stlawu.edu/~etwedt/home.html