I received my undergraduate psychology degree from the University of Denver and my doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Oregon. I served my internship in Connecticut at a state psychiatric hospital.
After earning my degree, I worked at the Wyoming State Hospital, then established an outpatient private practice with two partners, later returning as Chief Psychologist to WSH. I also worked as the Unit Manager for the Adolescent Treatment Unit for two years simultaneous with leading the Psychology Department. After leaving WSH, I worked for six years as an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Grand Valley State University in Michigan. I have been at UVU now for more than 8 years and love the University. I currently teach half-time and serve as the Director of the Faculty Center for Teaching Excellence http://www.uvu.edu/facultycenter I maintain my clinical license even while teaching and working in administration. It keeps my skills sharp and informs both my teaching and my research.
My clinical interests are primarily focused on depression, anxiety disorders, marital therapy and forensic work, particularly in the area of risk assessment. My research interests are focused on several themes: the psychology of evil, the professional/forensic assessment of psychopaths and dangerous offenders and the reactions of the justice system to expert testimony on these issues, and how to improve and enhance quality teaching. Due to the opportunities from working at the FCTE, most of my current work is focused on teaching-related projects, especially focusing on faculty and student resistance and metacognition.
Current Projects: I am in the midst of a project to complete a book with a team of colleagues and students related to student resistance to active learning. I also have a nearly completed manuscript on some instruments that I have developed to measure student metacognition and readiness to change. These things tend to keep me quite busy at the moment!
Publications and Presentations
I have a published a book on depression called Depression in Adults (available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble and other good stores!) that went through three editions. However, my initial publisher was bought out by one of the large national publishers, and they have not updated my book, although it is still available (it is outdated by now, but I don't have control over pulling it). I have published articles related to training psychologists on issues of dangerousness and duty to warn, professional and justice system issues on risk assessments, ethical issues with risk assessment, and psychology and psychopharmacology. I also have several publications and book chapters related to power dynamics in the college classroom, student metacognition and engaged teaching. As noted above, we have a book project in the works which we hope to finish in 2014.