Welcome to my department webpage! As you can see in my Vita, my academic training, life skills, and research interests provide a cross-disciplinary understanding of the human experience. The classes I teach cover topic areas involving psychology, biology, chemistry, statistics, sociology, religion, and human factors performance. Although I previously had nearly 30 years of involvement with drugs of abuse in animal research, my primary interests since coming to EIU include the study of personality, religion & spirituality, and human performance in high-stress context situations. I also have a research consulting firm I created in 2003 to pursue my research goals with businesses outside of EIU to study the behavioral physionic response in these stress simulations.
If you have interest in these areas, I would enjoy talking with you.
Areas of Expertise
- Homeland Security
- Substance Abuse
EducationB.A., University of Rhode Island, 1979 (General Psychology)
M.A., Boston University, 1982 (Experimental/Physiological)
Ph.D., Boston University, 1987 (Experimental/Physiological)
Dissertation: The Effects of Chronic Infusion of Morphine on the Detection of Electrical Brain Stimulation and the Development of Tolerance.
Research InterestsPsychoPharmacology; The Biological Basis of Behavior; The Effects of Drugs of Abuse on Brain Reward Mechanisms; The Measurement of Neurotransmitters; The Relationship Between Neurochemical Events and Ongoing Behavior; Behavioral Physionics of Stress-Related Responding; Human Factors Performance; The Relationship Between Psychology and Religion.
Contact InformationPhone: 217-581-2422