I am a Professor in the Psychology Department at the State University of New York at New Paltz. I earned my Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Bowling Green State University in 1998.
My research and scholarly interests primarily revolve around the study of games as they relate to social interaction, well-being and other aspects of positive psychology. My research team and I have designed non-digital games and are currently investigating various aspects of board game experiences. More broadly I am interested in play and playfulness in adults.
I have also been active in the area of humanitarian work psychology. Ishbel McWha, Mary O’Neill Berry and I have recently edited a book on the application of humanitarian work psychology to the UN’s Millennium Development Goals which you can see here.
Finally, 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.
Publications in other areas of research have appeared in the journals Human Performance, Organizational Research Methods and Teaching of Psychology.
I primarily teach courses in introductory psychology, statistics, seminars on gaming and positive psychology, and industrial-organizational (I-O) psychology.