I attended The College of William and Mary for several years when I first started college, but dropped out just before they could kick me out (just bad grades, no shocking behavior). I worked for quite a while, then realized that a college degree would be extremely useful. From then on got much better grades, so that instead of being a cautionary tale, I get to be a shining example. Anyway, I transferred to the University of Connecticut, where I received my bachelor’s degree in psychology. In 1993 and 1995 I earned the Master of Arts and my doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology, both at UConn also.
I completed an NIMH postdoctoral fellowship in 1997 at Brown University, at the E.P. Bradley Hospital Sleep and Chronobiology Laboratory. I also had a private practice, seeing sleep and anxiety patients at Rhode Island Hospital’s Department of Psychiatry. I accepted a full time position there as staff psychologist for one year, and then moved into a teaching position. I currently hold a license in clinical psychology in the state of New York and have a small private practice.
From 1999 to 2001, I was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Bucknell University, and then came to St. Lawrence University in 2001. I earned tenure in 2007, and currently teach Introduction to Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Psychopathology of Adolescence, The Science of Sleep: Seminar for First Year Students, and Introduction to Clinical Psychology. My research interests include investigations about insomnia, particularly the effects of the bedroom environment (e.g., clutter) on sleep quality; anxiety, and sleep deprivation.
I’ve published articles recently in Sleep, Behavioral Sleep Medicine, Chronobiology International, and Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology. I've just completed a longitudinal project with many current (and even former!) students, examining the effects of a delayed school start time at Glens Falls, NY.
I have three boys – Eben, Charles, Sam – and a very significant other, my husband Brett. We have two large dogs but the guinea pig died (can I say "finally"?). My hobbies are reading, archery, reading, biking, cross-country skiing, and, perhaps most importantly, reading post/apocalyptic literature and anything by William James. I think about other hobbies too, like vacuuming and dusting, but don't have time. Someday we hope to own chickens.
M.A., Ph.D., Clinical Psychology
Regularly Taught Courses:
- Abnormal Psychology
- Introduction to Clinical Psychology
- Introduction to Psychology
- FYPG: Science of Sleep; An Outdoor State of Mind
- Psychopathology of Adolescence
- My primary research interest is in the area of adolescent sleep; sleep deprivation and sleep disorders generally, particularly insomnia and the effects of the bedroom environment on sleep quality.
- Open door and by appointment