Assistant Professor - School Psychology Program
Self-regulated learning, metacognition, motivation, school-based academic and mental health interventions, and recruitment of school psychologists.
Just before, during, and after learning or performing a skill, individuals have the opportunity to engage several processes and beliefs that can facilitate more efficient skill development and/or performance. For example, setting goals, planning, using a variety of strategies, monitoring performance, and reflecting after a performance can all help an individual learn and perform better. Also, these processes influence and are influenced by motivational beliefs.
Collectively, these processes are part of a system referred to as self-regulated learning (SRL). This research lab examines the development of innovative measurement tools to examine these processes, the development of interventions to foster SRL, and how educators and school psychologists can support the development of SRL. We have completed research within several domains such as mathematical problem solving, test-taking, creativity, and reading.
My primary focus of research addresses self-regulated learning (SRL) with a specific emphasis on the development and validation of innovative SRL measurement methodologies, SRL interventions, teaching practices that support SRL, and whether SRL develops naturally as a result of skill development. I am currently accepting applications from prospective graduate students interested in the School Psychology PhD and EdS Programs and undergraduate students at USU.
I completed my PhD at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. In addition, I completed a doctoral internship and post-doctoral training with Virginia Beach City Public Schools. I obtained my licensed psychologist and Health Service Provider in Psychology (HSPP; Indiana, Utah in progress).