My personal philosophy on teaching is to have a caring Christian approach and engage my students in a fun and learning way. Furthermore, my philosophy on education is that it is a personal growth journey. Because of this, I feel my role as a professor is not only to disseminate knowledge but also strive to allow the students to discover their own paths. I enjoy the small atmosphere at CU because it allows me to get to know people on a personal level.
I chose psychology because I have always been fascinated with the human condition and felt personally led to touch others’ lives in a positive way. I come from a long line of teachers and felt the Lord called me to teach. Growing up in East Tennessee I discovered this calling at East Tennessee State University while working on my Master’s degree in clinical psychology. Initially I wanted to do clinical work but as I prayed for guidance I was led to receive my Ph.D. at the University of Tennessee where my mission became clear.
As a doctoral student my research program focused on the construct of revenge which at the time I found very interesting. However, my interest has changed with the passage of time and my ongoing personal Christian journey. Currently my research interest lies in the relationship of social media use and its effects on adverse psychological states.