I am a member of the Department of Psychology teaching faculty. I received my doctorate in clinical psychology and completed a two-year residency in clinical neuropsychology at the University of Pennsylvania Brain Behavior Lab. In addition to my Drexel teaching, I present trainings for professionals and staff working in social service and health settings in mental health and aging and ethical issues arising in elder care. I invite students to come have tea and cookies and talk about the wonderful field of psychology!
How I Make a Difference in Teaching:
Students spend so much time and energy learning so much that is new to them. All of us who teach want to honor their effort by striving to ensure that what and how they learn serves their intellectual growth in and out of the classroom, whether that "room" is on campus or online.
Two of the analytic approaches I use, sometimes interwoven and sometimes separate, are inquiries into the ethical and narrative implications of the material we're studying. What are the moral concerns embedded in research, how is our history as a field compromised or enhanced by our inattention or attention to culture, and how, for instance, would narrative themes such as generativity and communion be discerned in the accounts of aging, or racism, or suffering, that we explore? Not every topic lends itself easily to these filters, but in each course there are moments when one or both of these iterations of critical judgment are readily applied. The practice of ethical and narrative analysis can then, if students wish, continue as a way of considering new material well beyond their undergraduate years.