I have a Ph.D. in Social Psychology and Certificate in Gerontology from the University of Georgia (1997). After beginning my career as a Research Scientist at the Atlanta VAMC and Emory University, I switched to teaching in order to stay home more with my two young children. I began teaching Psychology part-time at the University of North Georgia in 2001. In 2013, I accepted a job as a full-time lecturer at the University of North Georgia on the Dahlonega campus. In the fall of 2017, I transferred to UNG's Cumming campus, where I currently teach and advise students. I am also a Faculty Fellow for the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Leadership (CTLL). I live in Cumming with my husband and two sons.