I received my B.A. in psychology from the University of California, San Diego and my M.A. in social psychology from (THE) Ohio State University. I am finishing my Ph.D. in social psychology and conducting research on happiness and time perception. I currently teach general psychology, social psychology, and research methods. Outside the classroom, I can be found doing yoga, hiking, bouldering, karaoke, and cat herding.
I have been fascinated with psychology since high school, and took my first course at a community college (Mira Costa College in Encinitas, CA). Psychology is a rapidly growing science, and we have such a rich set of tools for understanding the inner workings of people’s minds and behavior. I was homeschooled as a child, and still believe that learning can and should be fun. My goal is to promote this excitement for learning and intrinsic interest in the material through interaction, dialogue, and demonstrations. In my classes, rote memorization takes a back seat to learning to critically evaluate information and apply basic psychological principles to understand human behavior. I hope that students leave my classes with a better understanding of how people tick.