I am a social psychologist in the Department of Psychology at the University of Denver. My research examines influences on emotional experience, with particular focus on interpersonal processes in emotion, and the role of religion in coping. More information on my research is available on the Emotion and Coping lab page. I am part of the Affect, Social, and Cognitive Science & the Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience doctoral training programs. In addition, I am a member of the University of Denver/Iliff School of Theology joint doctoral program in Religion and Psychological studies.


Professional Experience

Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Denver, 2007-present;
Associate Professor, 1999-2007
Assistant Professor, 1992-1999


For more information, see Emotion and Coping Lab and Publications

I study emotions and coping, using survey, laboratory, and psychophysiological methods and typical and clinical (e.g., people with autism, depression, Williams syndrome) populations to understand phenomena in these domains.

In my coping research, I study how social and cognitive resources influence emotional adjustment, broadly defined. I am particularly interested in responses to traumatic events, uncontrollability, or high levels of stress, and the role of religion.

In my emotions research, I examine basic interpersonal processes in emotion. Specifically, I focus on mimicry, facial feedback, emotion perception processes, and empathy. I examine these processes in typical populations, and evaluate the functional consequences of deficits in such processes by studying atypical populations as well (e.g., people with autism, conduct disorder, Williams syndrome, sensory processing disorder).


  • Honors Research Methods (PSYC 2751 / 2752)
  • Proseminar in Social Psychology (PSYC 4021)
  • Studying the Social Animal (FSEM 1000)
  • Social Psychology (PSYC 2740)
  • Proseminar in Emotion (PSYC 4011)
  • Motivation & Emotion (PSYC 2150)
  • Reel Psychology (UDCC 1000)
  • Foundations in Social Science: Psychology (SOCS 1157)

Awards & Fellowships

  • Outstanding Faculty Award, Center for Multicultural Excellence, University of Denver, 2009
  • United Methodist Church University Scholar/Teacher of the Year, University of Denver, 2008
  • William T. Driscoll Master Educator Award, University of Denver, 2004
  • Honorary Membership, Golden Key Honor Society, 2004
  • Excellence in Education Award, Disability Services & Center for Academic Resources, University of Denver, 1998
  • Alumni Career Achievement Lecturer, University of Denver, 1996
  • Mortar Board "Top Prof," University of Denver, 1995, 1996
  • Rackham Dissertation Fellowship, University of Michigan, 1992
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow, 1988-1991
  • Regents Fellow, University of Michigan, 1987-1988, 1991-1992
  • Schaklee-Trowell Psychology Research Award, University of Denver, 1987
  • Elwood Murray Award (Communications), University of Denver, 1986