I am originally from Montreal, and completed my Undergraduate degree in Psychology at McGill University, after spending my first two years in college in Israel. My Master’s (1981) and Doctoral (1988) degrees are from the University of Pennsylvania, in Clinical Psychology. From there, I went to Arizona, where I was a core faculty member in the Clinical Psychology doctoral program and a Health PsychologistWhile at ASU, I taught Undergraduate and Graduate courses in Psychology, supervised many student research projects, and developed two main lines of research.
The first explores Magical thinking in daily life, particularly about ‘contagious influences,’ and how such thinking affects people’s risk perceptions and health-related behaviors. The second explores body image, gender and culture, and how they converge to create self-esteem problems and eating disorders.
I have also been interested in how women develop ‘resistance strategies’ to the pervasive socio-cultural pressures. Spin-off research interests include HIV prevention, and understanding religious and spiritual experiences. I am a licensed psychologist in Arizona, and directed the ASU Clinical Psychology Center for two years.
I came to Maine in 2005 after 16 years in Arizona (having had enough of eternal heat and never-changing sunny skies); I joined USM LAC in 2007. At LAC I teach Introductory Psychology, Personality, Abnormal Psychology, Counseling and Psychotherapy, Clinical and Research ethics, Senior Seminar on Sustainability, and Brain and Behavior. I would love to teach my research-based ‘special topics’ Course at LAC in the near future, ‘Magic, Metaphor, and Mind’.
Along with my family, I adore the State of Maine. My hobbies and interests include jewelry-making, kayaking, reading science fiction (and bringing it into the classroom!), writing stories for my children, and finding new places to explore in Maine. I have one husband, two children, four cats, two fish, a snake, and a bearded lizard. Life is good!