Professor of Psychology, Coordinator of Neurosciences

Hello!

I am a Professor of Psychology at Maryville College, as well as Coordinator for the Neuroscience major.  I am also very involved with international education here at MC, periodically co-leading travel-study programs to the United Kingdom & Ireland, Switzerland, and South Africa.

Teaching:

I regularly teach the following:

  • Introduction to Neuroscience
  • Advanced Neuroscience
  • Drugs & Behavior
  • Theories of Personality
  • Contemporary & Professional Issues in Psychology

Research:

My early research focused on how physiology interacts with personality characteristics in affecting health outcomes, particularly coronary heart disease.  Another area of interest over the years involved studying psychoactive drug action. I have since shifted to historical research in the areas of psychopharmacology (drugs and behavior) and neuroscience and have given numerous presentations on my work at professional conferences. I am currently working on a history of neuroscience manuscript, scheduled for publication in 2018 or 2019.  I also regularly work with students to co-present their senior study work in both psychology and neuroscience at professional conferences.

Background:

I am a native Tennessean (Memphis area) and received both of my degrees from The University of Tennessee at Knoxville.  My doctorate is in areas of psychology known as psychophysiology and health psychology (there was no distinct field of neuroscience back then!).  My post-doctoral research was in psychopharmacology and for several summers afterwards, I was an Honorary Research Fellow at University College London in the U.K.  I joined the Maryville College Faculty in 1989.

Sample Publications:

Psychopharmacology's Debt to Experimental Psychology

The Role of Emotion in Teaching History

Hardiness, Type A Behavior, and the Stress-Illness Relation in Working Women

Aerobic Exercise and Type A Behaviour