I received a Bachelor of Arts from San Jose State University and a Masters of Arts from Sonoma State University.
My area of expertise is in death and dying. I am a two time recipient of a Fellow in Thanatology from the Association of Death Education and Counseling. My earliest research was done on human companion animal bonds and the feelings experienced when the bonds are broken. I have written three books on the subject and have contributed to numerous textbooks. I speak at conferences both nationally and internationally. I also have a strong interest in the brain and in regenerative medicine.
I established and lead the Redwood Empire Veterinary Medical Association Pet Loss Support Group in Sonoma County. The group has been in existence for 23 years.
My two passions are teaching and writing. I really enjoy meeting new students and hearing from old ones. I look at each semester and each class as a new beginning. Every class is a little different and I attempt to teach to the interests of the class as well as covering the required material. Psychology is an extremely interesting subject because we all wonder about human behavior. Why do people and animals do the things that they do? I welcome enthusiasm and enjoy when my students have something to contribute to the course.
My published works include "Pet Loss and Human Emotion, A Guide to Recovery," (1997 Accelerated Development), "Pet Loss and Children, Establishing a Healthy Foundation," (2005 Routledge)and "Pet Loss and Human Emotion, A Guide to Recovery, Revised" 92007 Rouledge).