Teaching

As a cognitive scientist and memory researcher, I bring the knowledge of the learning processes that occur at both the biological and psychological levels into my classroom. In practice, that means that I focus on learning that is engaged, both in terms of student interest and student experience. Below are my teaching and mentoring experiences, click on each for more information.



Teaching Experiences

Semester Position Department Course Information
Fall 2017 Assistant Professor Psychology Psychology 101
Introductory Psychology
Fall 2017 Assistant Professor Neuroscience Neuroscience 490
Neuroscience Senior Seminar 1
Fall 2017 Assistant Professor Psychology Psychology 331
Physiological Psychology
Fall 2017 Assistant Professor Psychology Psychology 333
Motivation & Emotion
Fall 2017 Assistant Professor Psychology Library 101
MOI: Neuroscience of Time
Semester Position Department Course Information
Spring 2017 Assistant Professor Neuroscience Neuroscience 491
Neuroscience Senior Seminar 2
Spring 2017 Assistant Professor Neuroscience Neuroscience 301
Neuropsychiatric Diseases
Spring 2017 Assistant Professor Neuroscience Neuroscience 145
Introductory Neuroscience
Spring 2017 Assistant Professor Psychology Psychology 231
Sensation and Perception
J-Term 2017 Assistant Professor Psychology Psychology 131
Psychology of Stress
Fall 2016 Assistant Professor Psychology Psychology 285
Drugs and Human Behavior
Fall 2016 Assistant Professor Neuroscience Neuroscience 281
Exploring the brain through Traumatic Brain Injury
Semester Position Department Course Information
Spring 2016 Visiting Professor Psychology Psychology 260
Cognitive Neuroscience
Spring 2016 Visiting Professor Psychology Psychology 316
Embodied Cognition
Fall 2015 Visiting Professor Psychology Psychology 100
Foundations of Psychology
Semester Position Department Course Information
Fall 2013 Adjunct Instructor Psychology Psychology 115
Intro to Psychology
Spring 2013 Adjunct Instructor Psychology Psychology 705
Seminar in Psychology: Embodied Cognition
Fall 2012 Adjunct Instructor Psychology Psychology 115
Intro to Psychology
Fall 2012 Adjunct Instructor Psychology Psychology 225
Intro to Biopsychology
Semester Position Department Course Course Instructor
Spring 2012 Teaching Assistant Education Education 075
Educational Psychology and Measurement
Mitchell Kelly
Fall 2011 Teaching Assistant Neurology Neuroscience 235
Neurobiology of Disease
Natalie Denburg
Fall 2011 Teaching Assistant Communication Sciences Communication Sciences 234
Acquired Cognitive Communication Disorders
Melissa Duff
Spring 2011; 2012; 2014 Teaching Assistant Anatomy and Cell Biology Anatomy and Cell Biology 234
Medical Neuroscience 2011; 2012; 2014
Martin Cassell
Semester Position Department Course Course Instructor
Spring 2009 Teaching Assistant Psychology Psychology 231
Research Methods in Psychology
Clark Ohnesorge
Interim 2009 Teaching Assistant Biology Biology 125
Cellular Biology and Genetics
Kimberly Kandl & Patrick Quint
Interim 2008 Teaching Assistant Biology Biology 125
Cellular Biology and Genetics
Sara Fruehling & Paul Rupp
Fall 2008 Preceptor Psychology Psychology 126
Introduction to Psychology
Howard Thorsheim
Fall 2008 Teaching Assistant Psychology Psychology 231
Research Methods in Psychology
Clark Ohnesorge

Guest Lectures

Lecture Course, Department Institution
Revolutions in Cognitive Neuroscience Anatomy and Physiology I, Kinesiology Loras College
Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Neurobiology of Disease, Neuroscience Haverford College
Lecture Course, Department Institution
Neural Basis of Decision-Making Judgment and Decision-Making, Psychology Haverford College
Embodied Language Psychology of Language, Psychology Haverford College
Lecture Course, Department Institution
Panel on College Teaching Neurobiology of Disease, Neurology University of Iowa
Lecture Course, Department Institution
Memory, Mind, Body and Experience Educational Psychology and Measurement, Education University of Iowa
Applying Constructivist Perspectives Educational Psychology and Measurement, Education University of Iowa
Constructivist View of Learning Educational Psychology and Measurement, Education University of Iowa
Lecture Course, Department Institution
Neuroplasticity Acquired Cognitive Communication Disorders, Communication Sciences and Disorders University of Iowa

Teaching Interests

Undergraduate
Introductory Psychology Introductory Neuroscience Research Methods
Cognitive Psychology Cognition Learning and Memory Biological Psychology
Introductory Statistics Educational Psychology Civic-Engagement
Graduate Level or Seminar
Language and Communication Human Neuropsychology Human Memory
Neuroscience in Education Cognitive Neuroscience Social Neuroscience

Mentoring

Supervised students (see below) on independent research.
Supervised students (see below) on independent research.
Supervised four Haverford and Bryn Mawr (BMC) students (see below) on independent research topics.
Co-supervised a high school student (see below) in the Cooperative Education program that allows high school students to 1) experience hands-on learning 2) "test-drive" career options 3) see the relevance of their classroom learning 4) develop essential skills required for their desired career and 5) gain valuable work experience to help build a resumé.
Co-supervised two independent undergraduate research projects investigating 1) neural contributions to theory of mind and 2) hippocampal contributions to future thinking
Supervised four independent undergraduate research projects investigating 1) the role of metaphor in political discourse 2) sensory brain region activation during figurative language processing 3) the role of the hippocampus in the use of the historical present and 4) the role of conceptual metaphors in discourse
Supervised two independent high school students (see below) on two research projects 1) intended to investigate the role of the hippocampus in the use of various linguistic measures during narrative construction and 2) intended to investigate the role of the hippocampus and ventromedial prefrontal cortex in narrative construction and self-referential processing
Supervised an independent undergraduate (see below) research project intended to investigate the role of the hippocampus in the use of figurative language in a collaborative referencing task
Supervised an independent undergraduate (see below) research project intended to investigate the role of the hippocampus in the narrative construction
Supervised an independent undergraduate (see below) research project intended to investigate the role of the right hemisphere in the use of figurative language in a collaborative referencing task
Provided advice, guidance and general support during students' first year of the program.
Students found responsible for a violation of the Code of Student Life are referred to the program. Critical MASS provides a connection between the referred student and a knowledgeable, caring faculty, staff, or graduate student. This creates a “check-in” system to increase accountability and implement an early intervention system that facilitates referrals for needed academic and other support services.