Associate Professor of Psychology, Assistant Dean for Retention and the First Year College



I am an Associate Professor of Psychology at Maryville College, and I coordinate the Psychology with Counseling Track Major. I have taught at Maryville College since 2004. Many students in my classes are interested in the mental health professions, including social work, counseling, school counseling, clinical psychology, marriage & family therapy, and related fields.  

I regularly teach:

  • Counseling (PSY 333)
  • Advanced Counseling (PYS 335)
  • Abnormal Psychology (PSY 331)
  • Introductory Psychology (PSY 101)
  • First Year Seminar (FYS 110)

My research focuses on grief and loss. I have published research and written a book on how to counsel widowers (Counseling Widowers). I also provide consulting services, workshops, presentations, and grief materials for bereaved individuals (and organizations that help them including funeral homes, hospices, churches, etc.).

Background & Relevant Experience

I am originally from Pella, Iowa. I received my bachelor’s degree in Psychology and my master’s degree in Counseling from Truman State University in Kirksville, MO and then my PhD in Counseling Psychology (APA-Accredited) from the University of Kansas. I have worked in adolescent drug rehabilitation, a VA medical center, community mental health center, and several university counseling centers.