Associate Professor and Assistant DeanDepartment of Psychology
269 C Monroe Hall
B.A., Spelman College
M.A., University of Pittsburgh
Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh
The focus of my graduate work was the psychological examination of syntactic ambiguity at the sentence level. My post-doctoral research (becoming expert in eye-tracking equipment in sentence processing) was continued at the University of Massachusetts (Amherst, MA). I also studied language processing at THE NIAS: The Netherlands Institute of Advanced Studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences (Wassanaar and Leiden, Holland, The Netherlands). I have been a faculty member in the Psychology Department at the University of Virginia and Randolph-Macon Woman's College.
My current research interests include continuing basic science research in the psychology of language (syntactic ambiguity), examining factors that contribute to the decline of physical and mental health in strong black women, and exploring how ubiquitous electronic computing has changed face-to-face communication. I am a member of the Virginia Psychological Association (VPA), serving two terms as secretary of the statewide executive board, and also an executive board member of the Virginia Social Sciences Association (VSSA).