Understanding parenting issues from a cultural and family systems perspective
Mentoring students in research and advising
I started my undergraduate work studying aerospace engineering for 3 semesters, until I had taken some psychology and sociology courses. I became interested in studying children after hearing, what seemed to be, news story after news story of children committing horrible crimes. I changed my major to psychology in order to learn more about human behavior. After graduation, I worked as a counselor in a group home for delinquent and dependent female adolescents. At the facility, an emphasis was placed on not only helping the individual child, but the family of the child as well. It became apparent to me while working there, that children do not develop in isolation, rather all aspects of their environment, particularly their family, are important for their healthy development. Wanting to learn more about the family's role in children's development, I decided to return to school and learn more about human development and family science. I love learning about children and their families and engaging in discussions with students, in classes and out of classes, about their career interests in working with children and their families.
Playing with my family; Being outside; Scrapbooking with my sisters; Cooking/grilling; hiking
My husband Tim and I have been married for almost 11 years. We have two wonderful children, Shepard (8) and Faith (6).
Using family folklore as a teaching tool; Understanding breastfeeding from family systems and ecological perspectives; Amish Parenting