Professional and Biographical Information


Ph.D., Princeton University (1997)
M.S., Princeton University (1993)
A.B., Stanford University (1990)

Teaching Interests

My teaching interests and experiences roughly divide into two distinct areas. First, I teach two introductory psychology courses (introduction to psychology, social psychology) that provide background about theory and research in psychology. My teaching in these classes emphasizes providing students with general information and skills in interpreting and understanding research in this area, that can then be explored in more detail in future classes as well as (I hope) be used in some way in their day to day lives. Second, I teach more specialized classes that focus in more depth on a specific area of psychology-health psychology, close relationships, sports psychology, and, most recently, the psychology of good & evil. These classes offer a different type of challenge, namely working with students to critically examine, discuss, and write about empirical research in particular areas.

Awards and Honors

B/START Award, National Institute of Health, 2000-2001

Class of 1952 Dean Eugene S. Wilson Fellowship, 2000-2001

Princeton Review's Best 300 Professors, 2012

James E. Ostendarp Professor of Psychology, 2013

Manwell Family Professor of Life Sciences (Psychology), 2016

Honorary Degree from the University of New England, 2018

Scholarly and Professional Activities

Adjunct Faculty Member, Department of Psychology, University of Massachusetts-Amherst

Editorial Boards:
Health Psychology, 2000 - 2003
Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 2000 - 2004
Journal of Research in Personality, 2003 - present

Textbooks (Authored and Co-Authored)

Health Psychology, Sage

Social Psychology, Wiley

Real World Psychology, Wiley

Psychology in Action, Wiley

Sports Psychology, Oxford


See also: Research Interests and Selected Publications