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Professor of Psychology and Associate Provost for Faculty Development and Faculty Success, Wayne State University

My research focuses on identifying healthy ways of relating to self and others including mindfulness, acceptance, and empathy practices. I have built on my basic research to develop a psychological treatment called Mindful Living and Relating that is aimed at improving quality of life in couples with couples' with chronic pain and relationship distress. In addition to this work, I study the barriers faced by students of diverse backgrounds that affect access to graduate education and the professoriate with the long-term goal of creating programming that improves equitable access and enhances the educational experience for all. In my capacity as a university administrator, I also develop leadership, mentoring, and professional development programming for faculty and academic staff. My basic research on relationships and chronic stress as well as these new research topics seamlessly blend to create a research program centered on empowering people to experience their value and dignity as human beings.


  • –present
    Professor of psychology, Wayne State University

Professional Memberships

  • American Psychological Association
  • American Pain Society
  • International Association for the Study of Pain


Fellow, American Psychological Association, Divisions 38 (Health Psychology) and 43 (Couple and Family Psychology)