Thoughts on teaching and mentoring

I have always been passionate about teaching and mentoring students. Prior to attending graduate school, I had the opportunity to teach 5th and 6th grade in Phoenix, AZ. This work directly contributed to my desire to return to graduate school and to continue to pursue opportunities to engage in teaching. The teaching and mentoring experiences I have thus far have been a highlight of my graduate experience. I have learned that knowledge alone does not guarantee the success of an educator. It is the job of the instructor to not only present rigorous material but to also encourage the students to meaningfully engage with the content. Enthusiasm and dedication are contagious and, when combined with the pedagogical ability to align activities, materials, and assignments, teachers are able to create an engaging, appropriately challenging, and rewarding learning environment. I hope to not only support mastery of the course material, but to also empower critical thinking about research and the ways in which research influences the world around us.

In addition to serving as a graduate supervisor to many undergraduate volunteers working on research projects at the Center for Developmental Science, I have had the opportunity to directly supervise seven undergraduate independent study projects. I have also served as the graduate adviser on one psychology honor's thesis, and continue to work with a number of undergraduate and graduate students as a research professor at the University of Maryland. I value my role as a mentor and look forward to working with students in this context throughout my career. 


Invited Lecture: Developmental Epigenetics
Fall 2013
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Invited Lecture: Attachment
Fall 2013
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Family Psychology
Fall 2018
Boston University

Introduction to Structural Equation Modeling
Fall and Spring 2015
The Odum Institute
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Developmental Psychology
Instructor of Record, Spring 2014
Teaching Assistant, Fall 2013
Faculty Mentor: Peter Ornstein, Ph.D.
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill