About Me

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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.

Current Scholarship

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.

Past Scholarship

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 ChallengesI 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

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