I am an Assistant Professor of Learning Analytics in the Department of Teaching & Learning at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and currently serve as the Co-Director of the Learning & Technology Doctoral Program.

As an educational psychologist specializing in ecological models of learning and behavior, my research examines the intersection of developmental and social psychology in educational settings. I am particularly interested in exploring how technology can be used to shape socioemotional learning and its application in psychoeducational assessment and intervention practices.

I currently have three projects in progress: The first project examines the effectiveness of a technology-based social skills trainer as a Tier 1 intervention; the second project explores how avatar design influences social interaction and the conveyance of emotion; and the third project seeks to understand the underlying factors that influence aggression and violence in schools.

I am a member of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) and the American Psychological Association (APA). I sit on the editorial boards of Intervention in School and Clinic and International Journal of Games and Computer-Mediated Simulations, and review for such journals as Computers in Human Behavior and Interacting with Computers. If you are interested in finding out more information regarding the L & T program, my research, or have questions about anything else, don’t hesitate to contact me.

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Did I mention I love the Dodgers and am an avid photographer? This picture was taken at 5 Pointz in NYC.