Here are some links to useful personal information about me:

My husband, Brian Potetz, does fascinating research.


We got a publication out of our wedding in "The Knot" magazine.  Here is the on-line version

Some Media Coverage:

APA Monitor

New York Times

Fast Breaking Paper: PA & Health 

Social Words & Longevity


CMU today

Positive Psychology News  

Science Daily 

Psychology Today


The Steps of Pittsburgh

In 2006 (while a graduate student at Carnegie Mellon University) I discovered the book "The Steps of Pittsburgh" by Pitt professor Bob Regan. 

As it turns out, Pittsburgh has more public city steps then any other city in the US (over 700 seperate sets). Even more than San Francisco & Cincinnati put together! Not only are these a fascinating piece of  Pittsburgh history, but they also have incredible views and tell interesting stories about Pittsburgh. From 2006-2008 Brian and I made it our mission to climb all of these steps before we moved away from Pittsburgh (and to drag people with us while to do it).  Here is a link to some pictures from these stepventures .  We completed approximately 80% of the steps over the 2 year period and hope to return to Pittsburgh for a step-vacation to complete the job!