Having completed my doctoral dissertation on sleepwalking I began a great
interest in sleep and sleep disorders. I have since conducted or supervised
research on sleep talking, sleep disorders in mid-aged adults, and on creating
a psychometrically sound survey instrument to measure sleep disturbance in
adults. I believe issues regarding sleep have not received the attention they
should and that there will be a productive surge in sleep and sleep disorder
research in the coming decade.
My master's thesis was on attitudes toward romantic love. That experience
initiated an interest in the topic and since then I have been involved with
several master's theses devoted to the topic, with emphasis on such variables
as age, gender, education, and sexual orientation.
I have a general involvement in all issues related to the training of
psychotherapists. Recent and ongoing research interests include: the use of
nonerotic touch in therapy, the use of anti-suicide contracts, and the
teaching of self-care in graduate training.
I enjoy a broad interest in all of psychology, but tend to focus my
teaching in the following areas: abnormal behavior and development, personality theories,
and human development. My primary interest in graduate courses focuses on
differential diagnostics, legal and ethical issues, and in preparing students
for the first practicum experience.
Courses that I have or am now teaching are:
Introduction to psychology
Personality theories and research
Dynamics of abnormal behavior
Theories of individual counseling
Interviewing and counseling techniques
Legal and ethical issues in psychology