What are your hobbies?
I love music! I’ve been singing in choirs since high school. I even met my husband in choir. I sing in The New England Chamber Choir and take voice and piano lessons. I also like reading and exercising— especially yoga.
What is the best trip you've ever taken?
In 1999, I went around the Gulf of Finland to Estonia, Russia, Finland, and Sweden on a choir trip (notice a theme?). I still have the sweater I bought from the Wall of Sweaters in Tallinn and fond memories of singing in the Church of the Rock in Helsinki, Finland on my 25th birthday. But the most memorable experience was impromptu; after a concert in Estonia, a gentleman invited us back to his family farm that bordered a lake. He told us how it was occupied in WWII and that he wanted us to bless his lake through song. We sang Elgar’s Ave Maria Gratia Plena.
What is your favorite food?
Pizza from Pompei Pizzeria in Bayonne, NJ.
What sort of student
Super-involved. (Surprised? Didn’t think so.) I wasn’t the most stellar student academically, but I distinguished myself through my creativity and independence designing experiments and implementing them. I sometimes got the feeling that my professors were disappointed in me—that I wasn’t fully reaching my intellectual potential because I spent too much time doing other stuff. But that other stuff (leading a service fraternity, coordinating the university’s orientation program, singing in three groups, etc.) gave me fundamental leadership experience which I have built upon throughout my life.
Who is your favorite
Elizabeth Loftus. She a pioneer in eyewitness memory and I find her to be incredibly brave. She doggedly pursues truth even when the truth may be unpopular or difficult to hear. (And she’s a Psi Chi Distinguished Member, so…)
What are three words
that best describe you?
Passionate. Creative. Curious.
What is your favorite
class to teach?
Research Methods/Stats. No contest. It brings me great joy to help students develop ways to empirically answer their questions about human behavior, thought, and emotion. I am especially excited when my students get bitten by the “research bug,” realizing that they enjoy this process of discovery and sharing their findings with a broader audience.
What is the last book you read?
Tough question because I usually read some nonfiction and fiction at the same time… I just finished Roxanne Gay’s Hunger and Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale. In retrospect, I should not have read them at the same time—two powerful but psychologically and emotionally demanding reads. Moving onto Andy Weir’s The Martian and J.D. Vance’s Hillbilly Elegy. (Maybe I haven’t learned my lesson…)
What is your favorite band?
Yikes. Now? Probably Imagine Dragons. Ever? Judging from the cassettes and CDs in my basement, probably Depeche Mode with The Cure a close second.