I grew up in Buffalo, NY and went to SUNY University at Buffalo for my undergraduate education. After graduating summa cum laude with my B.A. in psychology, I worked as a full-time project coordinator for Dr. Sandra Murray for an NIH funded longitudinal couples study. This project, along with my honors thesis research, inspired me to become a social psychologist.
In 2005 I moved across the country to Santa Barbara to begin my graduate education. I feel fortunate to have attended UCSB; it has a great social psychology program and Santa Barbara is a beautiful place to live. I graduated with my PhD in social psychologyand a quantitative minor in the social sciences in the summer of 2011 under the primary mentorship of Dr. Nancy Collins.
I started a postdoctoral position at the Ohio State University during the sumer of 2011. I worked at the Institute for Behavioral Medicine Research under the mentorship of Janice Kiecolt-Glaser, PhD until July 2014. During my postdoc I developed my physiological expertise, particularly in the area of psychoneuroimmunology.
I am currently an assistant professor at the University of Delaware. I am the director of the Close Relationships and Health Lab, a fully equiped dyadic observational lab. The day-to-day function of the lab is overseen by a lab manager; she was joined by 2 PhD students in Fall 2015 and a 3rd in Fall 2018.
As Mark Leary points out on his website "students sometimes have difficulty seeing their professors as real people." He then goes on to describe some information about his personal life to help students and others get to know him a little bit. In the spirit of helping others get to know you, here are a few personal facts about me.
What I miss most about Buffalo: Other than my family (which is first on the list), I miss the food, particularly the pizza and chicken finger subs. I always look forward to visiting my family so I can have my favorite meals while I am there!
What I miss most about Santa Barbara: I definitely miss the wonderful weather in Santa Barbara. After living with heavy snow for so many years in Buffalo, Santa Barbara was a nice respite. What I miss the most are the people I had the pleasure of getting to know at UCSB.
What I miss most about Columbus: I will miss all of the music and cultural events in Columbus, along with some of my favorite taco truck of all time. And of course,I miss the great group of people I had the pleasure of working with and being friends with while I lived there.
Family: I have been married to Jeremy Jaremka since 2003. We have a cat named Koopa, a dog named Goku (middle) and another dog named Khaleesi (right). We also recently had our first child together. He is named Jeremy after my husband.