I excitedly joined the Wilson faculty in the fall of 2013. Following a 15-year career in information technology, I received a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from Trinity College in Hartford, CT. in 2008. I then went on to receive a Master of Arts degree in human development and family studies in 2010 and received my Ph.D. in human development and family studies in 2013, both from the University of Connecticut. I also received graduate certificates in health psychology, quantitative research methods, and college curriculum and instruction.
My doctoral dissertation was entitled Posttraumatic Growth Reported by Emerging Adults: A Multigroup Analysis of the Roles of Attachment, Support, Coping, and Life Satisfaction.
I was a two-time Jack Kent Cooke scholar, maintained volunteer relationships with the American Cancer Society and Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and co-organized Nikki’s Run Walk & Roll - an annual 5k fundraiser raising over $130,000 for pediatric cancer research and support programs.
I am also a cancer survivor. I was diagnosed with chronic myelogenous leukemia in 1997 and had a bone marrow transplant in 1999. These experiences eventually fostered my research interests which focus on adjustment and quality of life in cancer survivors, their spouses, and their children, as well as adjustment and growth following traumatic events in general. My other primary research interests involve the development and maintenance of gender-role traits and behaviors and the resulting influence on health-behaviors and well-being across the lifespan.
My teaching interests and courses include
Psychology of Aging
Psychology of Gender
Living with Chronic Illness
Risk and Resilience