Ph.D., University of Virginia (2013)
B.A., The College of William and Mary (2008)
Most of the courses I teach at Amherst are related to developmental psychology. However, the curriculum here allows me to teach a wide range of classes, from larger introductory courses, to more advanced courses of research methods and topics within developmental psychology. While every course is different, my primary goals are twofold: to engage students in some of the important questions of psychology, and to train students in the skills of evaluating claims and building and defending their own theories. We practice these skills using the lens of psychology, but I believe that learning to apply skills in a broad range of contexts is a unique strength of a liberal arts education. Therefore, I also design my courses so that students can identify and practice application of their skills outside of the classroom, in a wide array of experiences and pursuits.
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