Orchards' Children's Services
Milan School District
University Physicians Autism Center
Local Hospital Administration
Michigan Department of Corrections
Ph.D., Boston University
M.Div., Yale University
B.A., Baldwin-Wallace University
Throughout my lifetime I have been devoted to the creative process, initially as a musician then as an active supporter and dedicated listener. More recently that interest has extended into curiosity about the expression of creativity by those outside the arts, most notably through the study of the creative personality in technology. Conference presentations based on that research helped me value the struggle faced by those with creative vision. Not only do they encounter their own difficulty expressing that vision, but at the same time they need to overcome resistance from others to the pursuit of new ideas and directions. This work has informed both my teaching and my practice.
In addition to Personality Theory, I teach courses in applied psychology and conduct the seminar for students completing their field placement in the Mental Health Concentration. Advising for undergraduate students is a central part of my work on campus. As Department Chair, I oversee all departmental activities and serve on the Chairs Council and the Academic Technology Committee.
Ph.D., Arizona State University
B.S., Wayne State University
Early in my career I investigated the neural mechanisms of drug addiction, primarily through the use of lab rats. Following my time in the world of animal research, I decided to take a position as a Research Psychologist with the U.S. Army. I spent several years traveling across the country to many of our outstanding military installations and working with Soldiers suffering from some of the "invisible" wounds of the war (i.e., posttraumatic stress disorder and/or traumatic brain injury). I was also part of a longitudinal study in which we administered neurocognitive test batteries and drew blood for genetic/proteomic testing from hundreds of Soldiers prior to their first deployment with the hope that this information might better help us identify some key behavioral and neurochemical predispositions to developing combat-related psychological disorders.
I am currently Chair of Madonna's Institutional Review Board, and I am the Faculty Advisor for Psychology Club and Psi Chi (Psychology's Honors Society).