Teaching online and education (in general) are my passions. They increase critical thinking, improve writing skills and develop a person overall. Further, I think online learning encourages honest, open sharing by removing many cultural barriers.
In terms of my career, I worked as an HR (Human Resources) Director and Affirmative Action Officer after receiving a BA in Communication. Later, I secured a double master’s (one in Social-Psychology and the other in Clinical Pastoral Education [CPE]). In my second life, I finally saw the light and became both a professor and therapist. Given that writing and publishing became nearly a third life (oh, my! Is that possible?), I became an APA editor early in my educational journey.
On a more serious and in-depth focus of this bustling career, my primary clinical focus has been working with prisoners and communities, while also having served as a Prison Liaison for about ten years. After receiving the double master’s at NCSU and Duke Universities, I found quite a niche in cognitive development and treatment for PTSD’s. What is more, developing and designing research is among my top ten for teaching. In fact, I currently teach, develop several courses and research studies for psychology as well as train other psychological professionals for the state of PA as a part of that niche. Here at UOP, I serve as a Doctoral Chair as well as a workshop developer. The journey has been a wonderful one.