About Me

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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.

Current Scholarship

My research and scholarly interests fall into two domains currently.

Primarily, I am interested in the study of games as they relate to learning, 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 (I’m being necessarily vague given we are in the middle of data collection!).

I am also active in the area of humanitarian work psychology and am currently working on a new book project with Ishbel McWha and Mary O’Neill Berry on the application of humanitarian work psychology to the UN’s Millennium Development Goals.

Past Scholarship

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.

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