I have a record as a strong teacher and advisor, a productive scholar and a good citizen. My research on adolescent and young adult development brings each of these identities into harmony.
Professional Teaching Experience
My Truest Love is Teaching & Serving the Youth of Delaware County, PA
I have had opportunities to serve the larger Penn State community and my local community meaningfully. I now serve on several community boards, I conduct trainings at nonprofits and schools throughout the state of Pennsylvania, and I serve in an advisory role for a handful of organizations that have benefitted from my research.
On the topic of adolescents and their development, I have been an invited speaker for both the Alabama Department of Public Health and the Pennsylvania State Education Association (the PA affiliate of the National Education Association). I have also presented around the world, including most recently in Italy and South Africa.
In the last six years, I have traveled to different schools throughout Pennsylvania, continuing to educate the community through invited lectures and workshops. It is particularly important to me that my work - both my research and my community engagement - helps clarify the relationship between social justice work and trauma work.
An introductory course that explores the developmental processes that shape our lives between puberty and early adulthood. Taught from a trauma-informed perspective.
A course that explains the relationship between families and public policy in America and across the globe.
SOCIAL JUSTICE & URBAN ISSUES
A course that explores the relationship between contemporary urban issues and family development. Participants will evaluate urban development from a Human Development perspective and with a critical eye to how urban development has accounted for the distinctive needs of different segments of the public.