I am currently an Assistant Professor of Cross-Cultural Psychology at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, a small, residential liberal arts college in the Finger Lakes area of Upstate New York. I earned bachelors' degrees (2003) in Spanish and Psychology from Weber State University and a master's degree (2006) and Ph.D. (2009) in cross-cultural developmental psychology from Saint Louis University. Before coming to HWS, I spent two years as a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
My main research interests focus on cultural influences on the social development of adolescents and young adults. Specifically, I'm interested in the development of group identity and attitudes, prejudice, religion as a cultural variable, sexual attitudes and behaviors, and parental acceptance and rejection. As a cross-cultural psychologist, a large part of my research focuses on Latin America, and in particular Guatemala. I also conduct research on the teaching of psychology and on issues related to early career professionals in academia.
In addition to research, I enjoy teaching undergraduate students. I routinely teach introductory psychology, introductory cross-cultural psychology, topics in cross-cultural psychology, and research methods in cross-cultural psychology. I also seek opportunities to help students have educational experiences outside of the classroom, and have led students on various international experiences.
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