1991: B.A., San Jose State University, San Jose, CA
1993: M.A., Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA
1997: Ph.D., Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA
1996-99: Postdoc, Stanford University, Stanford, CA
I grew up in San Jose, California, a sprawling world of computers, silicon, and entrepreneurship. I became fascinated with psychology from a course in high school and quickly decided that my career would involve psychology in some way. As an undergraduate at San Jose State University, I found the research side of psychology fascinating, particularly in the realm of cognitive psychology that involved clever experiments that revealed how memory, perception, and imagination worked. I earned my Ph.D. in cognitive psychology at Claremont Graduate University, then later specialized in cognitive neuroscience as a post-doctoral scholar at Stanford before arriving at Whitman in 1999.
My research interests focus on understanding adult age-related patterns of change and stability in mental abilities such as memory, language, and the use of general knowledge. Much of my research is guided by dual-process conceptualizations of memory that distinguish between automatic and consciously-controlled memory processes. In addition, I am interested in false memory phenomena and what they teach us about the workings of memory across adulthood. I teach courses in cognitive psychology, memory, and aging, as well as statistics, experimental psychology, and introductory psychology.