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My Life

Favorite Quote

"Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men." Colossians 3:23

My hobbies

Reading (I love a great fiction book) and exercising (when I have the time)

Best advice I ever received

"Work hard and be good" -- When I was younger, my dad would tell this to me every day before I left for school and it stuck with me.

My undergrad alma mater

Texas A&M

My worst subject in school

Chemistry or Econometrics (in grad school)

In college I drove

Ford Mustang

If I weren't a professor, I would

be a stay-at-home mom

Favorite books

Francine Rivers "Mark of the Lion" series; Harry Potter series

Favorite movies

Titanic, Mary Poppins, Harry Potter series

Favorite city

Dallas/Fort Worth (no surprise there) OR Crested Butte, Colorado

Favorite coffee

I'm not much of a coffee drinker, but I like Diet Coke (maybe too much)

My latest accomplishment

This weekend, my husband and I successfully juggled our four kids (ages 6, 4, and 2 year old twins) between one end-of-year party, two birthday parties, two baseball games, one soccer game, two swim times at grandparent's house, and church. Whew -- and yes, we did survive! Bring on the summer!

Current Research

My research focuses on financial misconduct within firms. Financial misconduct can take many forms, but generally refers to unfair or deceptive business practices that harm shareholders and other users of accounting information. I analyze the various decisions made by corporate leaders after the discovery of misconduct and the impact of those choices on investors, litigants, and regulators. In particular, executives must decide on the disclosures they will provide to investors, the level of cooperation they will provide to regulators, and whether guilty parties within the firm will be fired, among other decisions. My research shows that each decision has a significant impact on external parties and their response to the misconduct. This information is valuable to firms, managers, and auditors as they evaluate the possible consequences of financial misconduct.