Hello! I am a Professor in the Psychology Department at the State University of New York at New Paltz studying the nature and importance of play in adults. I have served as chair of the department as well as interim chair of the Digital Media and Journalism Department. I earned my Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Bowling Green State University in 1998.
In my research lab, the Positive Play Lab, my team and I study play, playfulness, and gaming in adults. My research and scholarly interests primarily revolve around the study of adult play as it relates to social interaction, well-being and other aspects of positive psychology. My research team and I have designed non-digital games and have studied various aspects of board game experiences.
I spent much of my early career studying overqualification, underemployment and marginalization. My work on this topic has appeared in a variety of journals, including the Journal of Organizational Psychology, Applied Psychology: An International Journal and the Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology. In 2011, I co-edited a book with Daniel Feldman (University of Georgia) entitled Underemployment: Psychological, Economic and Social Challenges. I have also published in the journals Social Indicators Research, Human Performance, Organizational Research Methods and Teaching of Psychology. Finally, along with colleagues Ishbel McWha and Mary O’Neill Berry, I co-edited a book on the application of humanitarian work psychology to the UN’s Millennium Development Goals which you can view here.
I regularly teach PSY272 Introductory Psychology, PSY275 Psychological Statistics, and PSY501 Analysis of Variance. I also occasionally teach PSY498 Seminar in Psychology and PSY503 Correlation and Multiple Regression.
I am very excited to have developed and taught two new courses recently:
- PSY293 Fundamentals of Game Design is open to all majors and, because it focuses on analog game design (board and card games) it requires no programming experience
- I also have had the pleasure to develop and teach a seminar for the Honors Program focusing on play entitled HON378 Humans at Play