As an Assistant Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychology and Human Development, my goal is to inspire a love of learning and sense of purpose in my students as they pursue their studies and career goals. I teach courses in the disciplines of Psychology and Human Development, and also collaborate with the Institute for Research on Youth Thriving and Evaluation at Montclair State University where I received my Ph.D. in Family Science and Human Development.

As a developmental scientist, I approach my work through the lens of relational developmental systems metatheory which views human development as driven by dynamic, mutually-influencing processes between a person and their environment across multiple systems over the lifespan. I’m especially interested in ecological contexts that support youth purpose and character virtue development, and how people transform adversity and traumatic experiences to create meaning in their lives.  


Purpose development; posttraumatic growth; family resilience; intergenerational trauma, including the effects of the Nazi and Soviet regimes on Poles and their descendants.


  • Ph.D. in Family Science and Human Development from Montclair State University
  • M.A. in Psychology from Long Island University
  • B.A. in Psychology from Rutgers - State University of New Jersey