I received my PhD in Psychology from McMaster University in 1999.
Prior to joining Laurier, I was an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania from 2003-2012. Before this, I was a postdoctoral fellow and research scientist at Indiana University, Bloomington (2000-2003).
My students and I have been working to build a new model of social development and social evolution focusing on how the social environment can organize and control neurobiology, cognition, learning, and reproductive output. We have taken an ecological approach, integrating across levels of analysis to examine how groups affect individuals and in turn how individuals influence groups.
My field station houses large flocks of social songbirds and provides many research opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students interested in the neurobiology and behaviour of social animals.