Welcome to my web page. I am pleased to have
an opportunity to tell you a bit about myself and my research. I am a social
psychologist. I obtained my M.A. and Ph.D. at Wayne State University in
Detroit. For much of my career my research focused on women's achievements
from a variety of perspectives. I wrote on of the early textbooks
in the psychology of women and I did research on women in management for
the first decade of my career. In the late 1970s I collaborated with a
colleague, Randy Hansen, on a number of studies that explored "sex-determined
attributions." Attributions for the cause of identical behaviors
performed by women and men. During the last decade my interests have shifted
to resilience and thriving among individuals facing profound life challenges,
such as loss and life threatening illness. My early work in this area underscored
the importance of the meaning to which people attribute the challenges
they face and this led me to my current interest in cultural differences
Since I first visited Nepal in 1993, I have been captivated by the people of this poor but beautiful Hindu Kingom in the Himilayas. I spent a semester sabbatical there in 1997 and have returned at least once a year since. I am particularly interested in the way in which different world views affect the way in which people respond to challenge. There are many Buddhists in Nepal and one of the primary tenants of Buddhism is the belief that the only universal is change. It thus seems plausible to suggest that loss or changes in one's health status would be viewed quite differently in Nepal, than in the west, where the changes accompanying loss or declines in health are often both unanticipated and unwelcome. My recent research focuses on the origins of the differences in reactions to challenge between easterners and westerners.
At the undergraduate level, I teach social psychology.
This fall I will also be teaching I/O psychology. Ocassionally I teach
a seminar on Liking and Loving: The Psychology of Intimate Relations.
I teach the graduate course in Social Psychology that is required by APA
Committe on Accreditation for the clinical and counseling doctoral students.
My research team meets once a week. Both graduate and undergraduate students are involved in designing and conducting research studies. Right now we are finishing a cross cultural study of anxiety and depression in the US and Nepal. We have samples of both college students and clinic patients in both countries.
We will be presenting some preliminary results of this study at the upcoming meeting of the American Psychological Society in New Orleans in June. I encourage my students to be actively involved in research and publication and frequently coauthor papers and/or posters with them.
My leisure pursuits include travel, reading and horse back riding (I own two horses and ride often).
Please drop by my office to chat. I enjoy getting to know students personally (and getting them involved in research and writing).
To see my CV click here.