Dr. Jenel T. Cavazos

A Little More about Me

I grew up in Las Vegas, Nevada among all the bright lights and constant sounds of the casinos. When my family moved to Arizona when I was in junior high, it took me quite a while to get used to the complete silence in grocery stores, gas stations, etc.! I attended high school in Flagstaff, AZ before moving to Lawton, OK and attending Cameron University my first year in college, and then the University of Oklahoma after that. I entered college as a music major (I was in choir, marching band, and orchestra all through high school) before discovering an interest in psychology during my first Intro Psych class. I added psychology first as a double major, and then eventually dropped the music major and continued to study psychology full-time. The rest is history!

I have lived in Norman for 16 years now. I have a wonderful husband, Anthony, and we have three children: Taylor, 15, Eli, 8, and Oliver, 2. After-school activities keep us quite busy most days. When we aren't providing shuttle service for the kids, we enjoy playing video games, board games, outdoor family activities (zoo, parks), and spending time with family and friends. We have three dogs, a turtle, a dwarf hamster, and a leopard gecko, so our house is quite hectic!

My daughter and I are fans of "nerd culture" - Dr. Who, Sherlock, and so on. I am currently trying to get through Supernatural, but I've only made it to Season 5 (so no spoilers!). I am a big fan of documentaries and talk about them often in class, but I don't get to watch many non-animated movies...so students are constantly making movie references that I don't understand. I stay involved in music by playing oboe in the Civic Orchestra at the University of Oklahoma, and am hoping that my daughter, who plays violin, will be able to join me soon. 

I am a big fan of technology, and I am always looking for the next cool gadget. My iPhone and I are best friends, and I am generally the one my family, friends, and colleagues come to with any sort of "how do I do this?" questions. I am trying to move to 100% digital by making use of cloud services like Dropbox, Pocket, and Evernote. It's a work in progress, but I'll get there eventually!

Associate Professor of Psychology