After growing up in Dallas, Texas, I started undergrad at Texas A&M University as a psychology major and member of the Corps of Cadets and Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band. Though I value my experiences at A&M, after a year I decided to transfer to a smaller school with a stronger liberal arts focus. This decision led me to Southwestern University, where I started with an interest in social psychology. Like most people in my field, I found Human Factors along the way and decided to pursue it.
After completing my B.A. in Psychology from SU, I had year-long internship with a Human Factors consulting firm in Austin, Human Interfaces. Throughout the year, I got involved with numerous projects ranging from hardware to software to websites and practice using many research methods. Though it was difficult to leave such a dynamic environment, I decided to continue my education.
I got my Ph.D. in Engineering Psychology at the Georgia Institute of Technology. I was a member of the Problem Solving and Educational Technology lab directed by Richard Catrambone. I was also a graduate research assistant at the Center for 21st Century Universities. My research at the center focused on blending traditional and online learning experiences for higher education.
I am now an assistant professor at Georgia State University in the Learning Technologies Division. My research focuses on instructional design for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields in computer-based learning environments, particularly environments in which students don’t have easy access to an instructor.
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Although my work keep me busy, I enjoy a few hobbies. I am always working through a novel. My favorite author is Lois McMaster Bujold. I also enjoy playing computer games, exploring Atlanta, and cooking on the weekends. When I have the time for it, my favorite hobby is traveling.