I received my PhD in developmental psychology from McMaster University in 2000, and my MA in clinical psychology from Western University in 1990.
I have been teaching university courses for over 23 years. Today, I generally teach abnormal psychology, introduction to clinical psychology, perception, and exceptionalities during childhood and adolescence. I am a member of the College of Psychologists of Ontario, with specialties in the areas of (child) clinical psychology, school psychology, and counselling.
I have a part-time clinical practice in Brantford where I provide therapy and counselling to children, adolescents, and their families. My clinical work is informed by empirically-supported methods of assessment and treatment.
My early, dissertation work focused on the development of the perception of facial attractiveness. I examined perceptions of faces in infants, I looked at individual differences in the perception of facial beauty, and studied the role of visual experience on people's aesthetic judgments of faces.
More recently, I have been studying verbal labels of beauty, and the underlying attitudes that influence usage of beauty labels by (pre) adolescents and emerging adults. My secondary area of research is occupational health psychology. With colleagues from McMaster University, we have explored attributions made by workers and management regarding the causes of accidents, we looked at various organizational practices related to health and safety, and examined employees' perceptions of how work organization and workplace incivility impact people's mental health.