ADHD and Related Impulse Control Disorders, Mindfulness
Department of Psychology
University of Windsor
401 Sunset Avenue
Windsor, Ontario, N9B 3P4, Canada
Phone: (519) 253-3000 ext. 2226
Office: Room 193 Chrysler Hall South
I am a Professor in the Department of Psychology (Clinical Neuropsychology area) at the University of Windsor. I have a secondary appointment to the Behaviour, Cognition, and Neuroscience Program (a joint effort by the Departments of Psychology and Biological Sciences). I hope the information on this website answers many of your questions about the services I offer, my research or the experiences of my students. If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact me. If you want the official version of my career, please see my CV below (current to January 2018).
As a developmental neuropsychologist, my focus is on how to promote resiliency and wellness in the context of the symptoms, behaviours, and disorders that affect children and adolescents. I also use a systems perspective in examining neurobiological disorders. Thus, I consider families, schools, peers, and communities as important contributors to long-term outcomes. This combination of perspectives reflects my academic training and professional experiences.
On a personal level, I love the flexibility of the academic life. I enjoy teaching, but my passion is for the research process. I enjoy collaborating with students and with peers at other institutions, both in Canada and internationally. The hardest part for me is finding some balance between my passions at work and my delight with my family. When not at work, I enjoy traveling with my children and my husband.
Education & Academics
- Bachelor of Arts, Washington and Lee University (Lexington, VA). This was a formative part of my development. In short, if I had not been actively well-mentored by David Elmes and Tyler Lorig, I would not be an academic today. When I arrived, I thought I wanted to be a lawyer. Despite some significant wandering from major to major, I became entranced with the brain and human behaviours.
- Master of Education (Special Education: Learning Disabilities), Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN). I completed a master's degree at Vanderbilt University in Special Education (Focus in Learning Disabilities). While there, I worked for Lynn and Doug Fuchs on their Peer Assisted Learning Strategies projects.
- Teaching in a public school. I taught for two years in a resource classroom for children with mild to moderate learning problems (largely learning disabilities, ADHD, and intellectual disability) in Nashville, Tennessee.
- Ph.D. in Educational Psychology (School Psychology Program, Developmental Neuropsychology Focus), University of Georgia (Athens, GA). I completed my Ph.D. at the University of Georgia under the mentorship of Dr. George W. Hynd, a noted pediatric neuropsychologist. The focus of my dissertation project was on familial dyslexia, particularly in the transmission of phonological processing, rapid naming, and internalizing symptoms across generations. I completed year-long capstone internships in both School Psychology and Pediatric Neuropsychology.
- Post-doctoral Fellowship. I was a postdoctoral fellow with Dr. Jeffrey M. Halperin at Queens College, City University of New York and Mount Sinai School of Medicine. My work with Dr. Halperin was focused on ADHD, particularly in the persistence/remittance of externalizing disorders, temperament and personality, and long-term comorbidities of ADHD.