I was born and raised in southern California. I have a B.A. from Loyola Marymount University, an M.A. in History from California State University Los Angeles, and an M.A. in Psychology from Seattle University. I have been teaching for 16 years and I am a licensed therapist in private practice in Seattle. My research interests include: cultural identity, historical memory, qualitative research, existential phenomenology, and the psychology of music and creativity. I also serve as the faculty advisor of the Psychology Club.