I began studying forensic psychology as a graduate student and conducted my first experiment on eyewitness memory in 1983, when there were no web pages, computers did not have hard drives, and I had to get off the sofa to turn the channel on the TV. In earned my doctorate degree in 1987 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
I took my first job as Assistant Professor at Florida International University in Miami, a young state university in the state’s population center. There, I learned how to teach, began a doctoral program in forensic psychology, supervised undergraduate and graduate students, formed new collaborations, built my research programs, worked through the academic ranks, served as Associate Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, and, regrettably, did not learn Spanish.
In 2002 I was hired as Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. UNC Charlotte was a university in transition. While there I continued my forensic psychological research, began serving as Editor-in-Chief of the peer-reviewed journal Law and Human Behavior, and helped the department hire about a dozen new faculty members, establish unique doctoral programs, strengthen its research programs, increase its undergraduate enrollment substantially, and replace the microwave oven in the department kitchen (no doubt my most lasting legacy!).
Toward the end of my second term as Department Chair at UNC Charlotte, the newly hired Dean of the faculty lured me to the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT)-- a very young university in the greater Toronto area – to help build the faculty, programs, and university. I began my work at UOIT in 2008 and continue my work there. In addition to my usual teaching, research, and service, I began serving as Associate Dean of the Faculty of Social Science & Humanities in 2010. Together with my forensic psychology colleagues at UOIT we developed undergraduate , master’s and doctoral programs in forensic psychology.
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