Assistant Professor of Psychology
Joining the Department Fall, 2017
Broadly speaking, my research is in developmental psychopathology, with a specific emphasis on sleep. I am also very interested in the family system and how family dynamics affect individuals' functioning within the family in addition to how individuals affect family functioning.
My current research combines these two areas and is focused on the role of sleep in individual and family functioning. In addition, I am very interested in the implicit attitudes and beliefs that individuals hold regarding their sleep and how these attitudes might influence their sleep-related behaviors. Finally, I am fascinated by quantitative methods (i.e., research methods and statistics) and enjoy learning about novel methodologies and statistical approaches to support my research.
Prior to coming to Daemen, I taught for four years as a visiting professor in the psychology department at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. In addition, I have taught at the University of Rochester. I began my teaching career, however, as a professional snowboard instructor, but after a couple of years, I returned to an indoor classroom, and taught middle and high school Humanities, French, and (at one point) health for about 8 years.
Click here to read about new research published in the journal Sleep Health by our newly hired faculty member, Dr. Jack Peltz, who has joined us this year. His research demonstrates the link between adolescent anxiety and depression, and insufficient sleep.