I was born in 1966 in Chicago, Illinois, but grew up in Pinellas County, Florida. After graduating from high school, I received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Vanderbilt University (in 1988) and a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Rochester (in 1994). After teaching for one year at Montana State University in Bozeman, I accepted a position at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois. I taught there for 24 years before retiring as Emeritus Professor of Psychology in 2019. During my years at Knox, my wife and I lived on 10 acres south of Knoxville with our two sons (now grown) and assorted animals, including goats, chickens, and a donkey named Earl. I enjoy reading, hiking, gardening, playing the piano, and singing the blues.