“I like a teacher who gives you something to take home to think about besides homework.”
~ Lily Tomlin
Since coming to Florida International University, I have taught at both the graduate and undergraduate level in the Department of Psychology and other programs, including African and African Diaspora Studies (AADS), Women and Gender Studies, Liberal Studies, and the Robert Stempel School of Public Health.
Through my teaching and mentoring efforts, I foster academic excellence using interaction all and cross disciplinary approaches. As part of this process I actively validate and center my students lived experience in the research we examine. The goal of this is to help students become informed enough and skilled at contributing to critical and creative problem solving.It is also important to note that I view the classroom as only one of many spaces where students learn. This is why I encourage students to take advantage of research trainings, such as the Ronald E. McNair Program, Honors College ARCH program, Psychology Honors Thesis option, and service learning opportunities to enhance their academic journey.
Teaching across disciplines... and AROUND the world!In today’s world, globalization is an important concept for students in higher education to understand and appreciate because of the increasing demands for people who can work with people of other nations and cultures.. In addition, the world faces global challenges that interdisciplinary groups will need to come together to solve; this requires that students' educational training provides them a foundation to address these issues. Recognizing this, a significant portion of my work takes place outside the United States. Several of my courses use a global lens, and I have worked on projects based in Canada, Colombia, and India.
As the Director of the Department of Psychology's Global Health Research Study Abroad Program, I travel with 16 undergraduate and graduate students each summer to examine global health issues in Mysore, India. Topics explored include cultural factors influencing intimate partner violence, prenatal care in rural communities, HIV/ AIDS, medical tourism, perceptions of ADHD, legal/ medical connections in reporting abuse, and wholistic health interventions. This competitive program prepares students for graduate or medical school. Toward this end, they are given the opportunity to visit academic and research institutions, and interact with health providers, patients and community organizations working on related health issues.