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The UCO campus is closed Friday, July 3, in observance of the Fourth of July. Operations will resume Monday, July 6.

Campus buildings reopened to the public effective July 1. Services are available virtually or by appointment only. Visitors should reach out to individual departments regarding appointments. Masks and social distancing are required while on campus. To learn more about current operations, view the university's summer reopening plan

Associate Professor

University of Central Oklahoma

Classes Taught

Psychology of Grief. Thanatology and Unresolved grief. The Natural History of Bereavement 

Office Hours

Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 11:00am to noon and 1:00pm to 1:30pm

Tuesday 9am to 11am

By appointment 


I have been teaching at the college level since 2003. I started my teaching career as an adjunct teaching psychology courses and a college success courses at Rose State and UCO. In addition I taught law classes at Metropolitan college from 2003 to 2006. In 2006 I accepted a faculty position at UCO and have been teaching here ever since. 

Education and Certifications

BA in Psychology from The University of Central Oklahoma.

Completion of Thesis during my BA

Thesis title: Evolutionary perspective on mate selection in males

Juris Doctorate from Oklahoma City University


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Professional and Community Involvement

Volunteering within the UCO community

Supporting the Endeavor games

Teaching grief coping seminars for a singles community

Teaching Philosophy

Student centered

Knowledge is power

Personal responsibility

Learning should be fun

Research, Published Work, and Scholarly Activities

Research ares: grief and death education, death anxiety,and the funerals impact on grief recovery

Scholarly activities: mentoring RSCA grants, guiding research groups, working with student research assistants, Oklahoma research day

Published work: Using Depersonalization in grief assignments to illustrate the necessity of personalizing grief in funeral service education. Published 2011, Journal of Funeral Service Education. The effects of death education on anxiety: Analyzed through word choice. Published 2018. Journal of Funeral Service Education

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