COSS Fellow for Faculty and Staff Development
I am an Associate Professor of Sociology and College of Social Sciences Fellow for Faculty and Staff Development. I joined UWG in 2008, and I typically teach undergraduate and graduate level courses in the following areas: emotion, sociological social psychology, deviant behavior, mental health, and mindfulness. I also teach undergraduate statistics.
I have published my research findings in peer-reviewed academic journals such as Social Psychology Quarterly, Deviant Behavior, and Journal of GLBT Family Studies. I also published a book titled Where the Music Takes You: The Social Psychology of Music Subcultures. My research is generally focused on how members of subgroups give distinct meaning to the elements of their social environment (e.g., role identities, behaviors, and interaction settings). I have conducted research in the jamband music scene as well as in the area of same-sex parenting.
I discovered the benefit of mindfulness practices about 15 years ago, and recently I've become interested in researching how mindfulness might be useful in increasing the mastery of elderly individuals. Mastery is a social psychological concept used to describe the sense of personal control one perceives to have over life and life circumstances. I plan to begin conducting research soon on the use of mindfulness practices (including making art, gardening, spending quality time with animals, meditating, and mindful walking) among the elderly and individuals of all ages who have experienced trauma (e.g., veterans of war, rape survivors, etc.).
On a personal note, I love animals, hiking, running, roller skating, and drawing. My husband and I have three dogs and two cats, and we spend our spare time gardening and traveling. We are expecting our first child in December 2017. I grew up in Ohio, graduating from Edison Community College in Piqua, OH for my Associate's Degree (I was the first in my family to attend and graduate from college), the University of Dayton for my Bachelor of Science degree (in Marketing and Business Administration), Ohio University for the Master's degree, and Kent State University with a PhD. I am a fan of the Ohio State Buckeye football team, the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Cleveland Cavaliers, and of course, the West Georgia Wolves!
Education / Degrees
- A. B., Marketing and Sales, Edison Community College, 1994
- B.S., Marketing & Business Administration, University of Dayton, 1998
- M.A., Sociology, Ohio University, 2002
- Ph.D., Sociology, Kent State University, 2008