I am an associate professor in the Criminal Justice Program and Director of the Honors Program at Stockton University in Galloway, NJ. My research examines violence, victimization, and human mating. I teach a range of undergraduate and graduate courses in criminal justice and psychology. I am also the co-director of the Stockton CSI summer camp for high school students.
I received my undergraduate degree in psychology from Plattsburgh State University in New York, where I had the privilege to work with Dr. Jeanne Ryan, Judy Dashnaw, Dr. Lary Shaffer, Dr. William Tooke, Dr. Matt Merrens, and others. While studying at Plattsburgh State, I worked for the Office of the Dean of Students as a resident assistant, assistant to the Associate Dean, residence hall director, and coordinator of new student orientation.
I received a Ph.D. in Individual Differences and Evolutionary Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin, where I worked with Professor David M. Buss. I was also mentored by a number of other faculty members who strongly influenced my development as a scholar, including Professor Joseph Horn, Professor Peter MacNeilage, Professor Randy Diehl, and Dr. Thomas Darwin. Professor Buss and I continue to collaborate on several lines of research together. With funding from a Federal VAWA Grant awarded by the Criminal Justice Division of the Texas Governor’s Office and a grant from the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health, we conducted studies of stalking and have created a Website to assist victims of stalking in the State of Texas, www.stalkinghelp.org.
- Coalitional aggression and warfare
- Sexual aggression
- Victim defenses
- Human mating strategies
- Backup mates
- Unwanted romantic and sexual attention
- Free Speech