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Currently, I am a subline Assistant Professor working in the Dynamic Learning Lab at Baruch College CUNY with Jennifer Mangels. I earned a PhD in experimental psychology from Ohio University in 2015. I research social cognitive psychology with an emphasis on quantitative methods. I have taught several undergraduate courses and offer a graduate school seminar for undergraduate research assistants. I received my Bachelor of Arts from Purdue University where I worked with great faculty members like Bill Graziano, Donal Carlston, & Michael Schmitt, and great graduate students like Jennifer Bruce & Meara Habashi.

My Master of Science was received from Ohio University in 2011 under my adviser Keith Markman. Other great faculty members I work with include Dan G. Lassiter, Rodger Griffeth, Ronaldo Vigo, and Frank Bellezza.

Before graduate school, I had a great experience teaching English at Qinhuangdao Foreign Language High School in Northeast China, where I taught English as a Foreign Language to High school Sophomores and Juniors. 


Research

    My research page provides an overview of my research goals and experience. In brief, my research relates to social cognition, and judgment and decision-making. At Baruch, my research emphasizes trust in social networks; what factors or individual differences influence peoples' choice to trust outside knowledge compared to one's pre-existing knowledge.

I also research intuition and the circumstances that negatively impact intuitive performance. I am also investigating how these obstacles target unconscious and conscious components of the intuitive process. My second area of research examines what factors change perceptions of confession voluntariness when observing an interrogation, with an emphasis on personality variables and situational contexts. My third area of research demonstrates the negative impact of discrimination in the workforce for majority observers who witness discrimination against a minority member.


Recent Teaching

1. Spring 2014

1. Psychology 2510 (Social Psychology). This course discusses how thoughts, feeling, and behaviors are influenced by the existence and perception of other people. You will learn more about social theory and the methodologies implemented to test them.

2. Psychology 1110 (Elementary Statistical Reasoning). [Online Facilitator]. This course explores basic statistical concepts used in scientific research. Students learn how to define variables and choose the correct statistical method based on the type of variables being examined.


2. Fall 2013

1. Psychology 2110 (Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences). This course teaches students how to conduct psychological analyses for various types of data sets, whether categorical or measurement. After taking this course, students will have the tools to analyze data both by hand and with SPSS.

2. Psychology 1010 (General Psychology). [Online Facilitator]. This is an introduction psychology course that provides a overview a multiple psychological areas. Students will become familiar with basic theoretical perspectives, scientific methods, and the historical progression of psychology.

3. Psychology 3520 (Social Psychology of Justice). [Online Facilitator]. This course examines the criminal justice system from a social psychological perspective that emphasizes how social issues influence legal decisions.

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