Psychology Department

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Engaged Faculty

We currently have 10 full-time professors in our department who teach foundational courses in statistics, methodology, clinical, social, developmental, cognitive, and biopsychology. The varied research and clinical expertise of these accomplished professors, however, also allows us to offer a more complex understanding of the field of psychology and the ways it is changing. Our professors provide courses and/or research experience across a wide range of domains including: multicultural psychology, children's and adolescent's reasoning about stereotypes and inclusion/exclusion, gender identity, racism, existential psychology, the role of sharing subjective experiences (I-Sharing) on reactions to reminders of death (terror management theory), psychopharmacology, the neural substrates of memory, women's studies, music perception, risk perception, college student development, assessment and diagnosis of ADHD, Aspergers, and autism, spirituality/religion in psychology, and psychotherapy & counseling.

Regardless of area of expertise, the primary emphasis of our psychology professors is teaching excellence, and our courses certainly reflect that focus. Some of the most meaningful learning, however, takes place during the frequent one-on-one interactions students have with faculty. While holding the line on intellectual rigor, we are also known as a friendly and accessible group of faculty. We develop close relationships with our students and feel a deep responsibility to do what we can to help them succeed as students, and as people.

Our work as leaders in our field and in the campus community allow us to serve as role models for our students, and equip us with the expertise to mentor them effectively. On campus, our faculty members have taken leadership roles in several important areas including: the Multicultural Center Advisory Board, Coordinator of Undergraduate Research, First Year Student Advising and Seminars, President's Strategic Planning group, Tenure & Promotion Committee, the Institutional Review Board, and the General Education Curriculum Revision Task Force.

Our faculty are actively engaged in professional organizations and the community through both scholarship and service. Some examples are: Secretary for the Lehigh Valley Society for Neuroscience, Co-chair of the Institute for Academic Feminist Psychologists; maintaining the Psychology Ethics Educators Listserv; member of the Teaching Competencies Task Force for Div. 2 of the American Psychological Association; American Council for Education Fellow for 2012-13; and, consulting editor for the journal, Child Development. Two of our clinical faculty maintain private practices, one participates actively in a local clinical case review group, and one additional faculty member is very active in autism-related advocacy in the Lehigh Valley.

We have published in nationally recognized journals and books, for example: Neurobiology of Learning & Memory, Judgment & Decision Making; Teaching of Psychology; Journal of Personality & Social Psychology; British Journal of Developmental Psychology; Applied Developmental Science; Journal of Attention Disorders; Journal of Psychology & Theology; Traumatology; Handbook of Ethics in Psychology; and, the Handbook of Psychology and Gender. We have presented at the meetings of national and international professional organizations including the American Psychological Association, the Society for Research in Child Development, the Association for Psychological Science, the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, the Society for Neuroscience, the National Association of School Psychologists, and the Association of American Colleges & Universities. Many of those publications and presentations have included student co-authors.

Peruse our website to learn more about the psychology major, and be sure to check out our Facebook or Twitter pages for the latest news. Don't hesitate to e-mail or call any professor with questions. Our Department Chair is Dr. Mark Sciutto. He can be reached by phone at 484-664-3649 or by e-mail at