A native of the Buckeye state, I moved to Texas to complete my postdoctoral
training, fell in love with the state and haven’t left. From as long as I can remember I have wanted to teach. One of my fondest memories from childhood was sitting at the
kitchen table helping my brother with his homework. Seeing him struggle with the
content and helping him to understand it was one of the most satisfying moments I can remember. After that day, I continued to help him and knew that I wanted to help others as well.
I long had the goal of teaching at the college level and upon completion of my
Doctorate in Neurobiology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, I was invited
back to my undergraduate alma mater, Kenyon College, as a Visiting Professor in the
Psychology Department where my love for teaching was affirmed. After Kenyon, I
moved to Austin, TX where I began postdoctoral studies at The University of Texas at
Austin’s Center for Learning and Memory. It was during my postdoctoral studies that I
began to intertwine my love of learning and memory, teaching, and my love of the brain.
After completion of my postdoctoral studies I served as a lecturer at the
University of Texas at Austin with appointments in the Biology Instructional Office (BIO) and the Department of Neuroscience. I have also taught at Austin Community College and more recently served as the Program Director for the Health Science and Public Health Departments at South University.
Throughout my career I have been interested in the brain and how it functions on
a microscopic level. However, in more recent years my interest in the brain has
manifested itself in my teaching as I explore various ways to deliver classroom material to make it easier to understand. When I am not in the classroom, I enjoy spending time with my family and dogs, hiking, camping, travelling, and being outdoors.
Subjects TaughtHuman Anatomy and Physiology Lecture and Lab, Human Physiology, Biomolecules, Genes, and Cells, Addicted Brain
Degrees EarnedM.P.H and Ph.D.
-Opioids and other drugs of abuse
-Physiology of exercise on brain function and development
-Learning and Memory