Background and Education
I was born and raised in Cincinnati, OH, where the streets are hilly, the summers are muggy, and the chili is served over spaghetti (yum!). When I was young, I was involved in show choir and musical theater (my favorite role: seamstress #3 in Les Miserables), but I knew from an early age that psychology was my passion. I went to Otterbein College in Westerville, OH, a northeastern suburb of Columbus, and graduated in 2009 with a B.S. in Psychology, and two minors in Women's Studies and Music. I moved to Santa Barbara in 2009, without ever having been west of the Mississippi, and savored the weather and the wonderful community for six wonderful years. After completing my PhD in the summer of 2015, I moved back to Cincinnati and to have the privilege of working with some amazing researchers and educators at Miami University. I am now a teaching stream faculty member at the University of Toronto, a vibrant hub of world-class teacher-scholars.
Important Things to/about Me
Every now and then, I am able to take a break from the academic life and remember all of the other things I love, like:
- My wonderful partner and our ridiculously cute dog. Seriously, Gordie makes fans and admirers wherever he goes.
- My niece and nephews (both actually and honorarily related).
- Game nights, mostly word games (Taboo!) and trivia games (Trivial Pursuit!).
- The Joss Whedon oeuvre, especially Buffy and Dollhouse. They are both entertaining and thought-provoking, a rare combination.
- Reading fiction, and I make sure to take time for it even when I am at my busiest. Recent favorites include Audrey Niffenegger and Nathan Englander.
- Singing (I recently joined Singing Out, Toronto's largest LGBTQ+ and Allies choir), and going to see as many regional and touring productions as I can. Recent favorites include Spring Awakening and Next to Normal.