I have been exposed to a variety of cultural ways of being in the world since before birth. Studying Cultural Anthropology as a sophomore in high school planted the seeds for thinking about cultural pathways of development in a systematic, empirical manner. From the time I gave my first hour-long lecture as a third-year undergraduate in a graduate class I knew I'd spend my life as an educator. I pursued Psychology in graduate school and Psychological Anthropology as a post-doctoral fellow. My motivation in helping people understand psychology through cultural lenses is to let people know they can stop being afraid of people just because they are different from them. I educate people about the cultural bases of development and psychology, which is meaningful to me.
- UCOP Postdoctoral Fellow, Cultural Psychology & Psychological Anthropology, Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, UCLA, 1999-2001
- PhD, Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles, 1999
- MA, Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles, 1996
- BA, Psychology and Cognitive Science, University of Virginia, 1994
- PSY 100: Survey of Psychology
- PSY 240: Developmental Psychology
- PSY 449: Development Psychology: Advanced Topics
- PSY 489: Applied Psychology: Advanced Topics
- PSY 640: Developmental Foundations
- PSY 682: Practicum: Behavioral Change and Community
- PSY 741: Seminar in Developmental Psychology
- PSY 749: Research in Developmental Psychology
- PSY 781: Community Psychology Seminar
- PSY 789: Community Psychology Research
I use mixed methods to explore cultural processes of development in the traditions of Jerome Bruner's theory of development as a process of extracting meaning from the world and Beatrice and John Whitings' Ecocultural Theory, which includes the study of the cultural place as part of any account of development. I was trained by in those traditions by Patricia Greenfield and Tom Weisner, respectively, and I carry on this legacy in my lab. I have conducted fieldwork in a Maya community in southern Mexico since 1995 in order to answer questions about the role of siblings in development, the development of teaching in childhood, and how cultural change, especially how changes in sociodemographics and economics affect processes of development via changes in the learning environment.