I am from Warwick, Rhode Island. In 1988, I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from the University of Rhode Island. While I was at URI, I played varsity tennis and studied abroad. My study abroad experience brought me to Oxford Brooke University in Oxford, England. During this time, I had the opportunity to do extensive traveling through Western Europe.
In 1990, I received my Master’s of Education from Boston University in counseling with a focus on exercise and sport psychology. I have always been interested in the psychology of performance enhancement and those skills, habits, and dispositions that contribute to individual performance in a variety of different arenas. While my early career was focused on student-athlete success, my education and career path has taken me down the road of developing expertise in the many different facets of academic success and achievement. In 1997, I received a Doctoral degree from Boston University in Curriculum and Teaching.
Today, I am an academic affairs administrator and teach in the applied psychology department at Bryant University in Smithfield, RI. At Bryant, I am responsible for the administration and development of programs and curricula aimed at student success and retention. For example, I oversee the University’s Academic Center for Excellence and I am the Curriculum Coordinator for our First-Year Experience (FYE) course. I have been designing curricula for FYE and study skills courses for over twenty years, and have been a higher education consultant for the past ten years. My research is focused on personality types and those traits that influence success and achievement. I have always been interested in performance enhancement and those skills, habits, and dispositions that contribute to success and achievement in a variety of different arenas. Click here for my qualifications. I have been recognized for my work in the field of education. In 2006, I was the recipient of a “Top 10 Outstanding First-Year Student Advocate” award, co-sponsored by the University of South Carolina's National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition. Click here for a list of other awards.