Writer/Author, Educator (Psychology, University of British Columbia), and Advocate for Reason and Compassion
Supporting academic and public discourse on our human nature and current state. Specializing in (1) educational development and leadership, (2) writing and editing, and (3) individual and group consulting.
Welcome! I am a writer, author, and instructor of psychology at the University of British Columbia, with a PhD in Health Psychology (2013, UBC). In addition to my involvement in research, much of my time is now dedicated to authorship and education in the field. I am particularly concerned with the state of science literacy today, and it is one of my main goals to support and promote a stronger connection between public discourse and scientific literature (with a focus on human behaviour and psychology). I want to help us understand who we are; why we do the things we do, why we keep making the same mistakes, and how we can move forward together successfully. I am also a feminist, an environmentalist, and an animal lover. I am a staunch defender of underdogs, and of the rights of both person and planet.
News & Updates
Nov. 26th, 2019: I’m excited to share that I was the recipient of the 2019 Knox Master Teaching Award for excellence in teaching!
“Each year, the Department of Psychology recognizes the contributions to teaching and learning made by two outstanding individuals in the department through the Knox Teaching Award. This award celebrates psychology faculty and lecturers whose teaching practice is exceptional and inspires student learning.”
Read more about it here on the Department’s website.
November 26th, 2019: I’m excited to share that I was the recipient of the 2019 Knox Master Teaching Award for excellence in teaching!
“Each year, the Department of Psychology recognizes the contributions to teaching and learning made by two outstanding individuals in the department through the Knox Teaching Award. This award celebrates psychology faculty and lecturers whose teaching practice is exceptional and inspires student learning.” Read more about it here on the Department’s website.
Asking the big questions...
I offer a variety of educational and consulting services aimed at helping individuals and groups better understand their relationship to the world. To find your place here, I believe it’s necessary to seek answers to some of your biggest questions in life. The questions are infinite, of course, and they can be approached either personally or collectively. Here are a few that I consider to be of paramount interest to our collective experience here:
What is the role of the individual in society, and in the world at large? What is our relationship to the natural world? Will we (can we) ever live in harmony with nature?
To what extent are growth and development possible while attempting to maintain elements of the past? In other words, how do we move forward without leaving everything behind?
What is it going to take to make this work? Can we actually learn how to get along in a way that contributes to global health and development?
Can we learn how to better ourselves in ways that also better others? Can we use our personal agency for purposes of communion rather than to simply gain further agency?
Where are we headed, and in what ways are we in this together? What does positive growth look like?
While I believe in the importance of self-reflection and inner discovery, I also believe strongly in the importance of communion and the maintenance of community and society at large. I am somewhat critical of the self-help industry for placing too much emphasis on the self to the exclusion of others. In reality, we are all in this together. We need to do more to consider those around us; and to learn how to be more compassionate, empathic, and charitable.
Consider this: Some suggest that in order to love others, you must first learn to love yourself. I would challenge you to consider the possibility that by loving others, and by being kind and compassionate, you might learn how to better love yourself.