I am an assistant professor in the Department of Psychological Science at Albion College. I received a B.A. in Psychology from Kenyon College and a Masters and Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology with a cognitive science concentration from Michigan State University.

Research Interest

Broadly my work aims to understand how factors such as motivation, age, and time of day can influence cognitive processes. More specifically I do research investigating how incentives influence the cognitive mechanisms involved in problem solving. I am doing research on the effects of time of day on creativity and problem solving, and I am interested in the influence of age and memory deficits on informational search in decision making.

Teaching Interest

My experiences at Michigan State and Albion College have prepared me to teach Introductory Psychology, Cognitive Psychology with a laboratory component, as well as Research Methods and Design with a laboratory component. I am also prepared to teach a seminar on aging and higher order cognition and I would welcome the opportunity to teach courses in memory, sensation and perception, cognition and motivation, statistics,  research methods, higher order cognition, and cognition and aging.