We currently have 12 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 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, psychopharmacology, the neural substrates of memory, women's studies, music perception, risk perception, LGBTQ health, college student development, assessment and diagnosis of ADHD and autism, spirituality/religion in psychology, and psychotherapy & counseling.
Regardless of area of expertise, the primary emphasis of each professor is teaching excellence, and the department has multiple winners of prestigious college teaching awards. 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 won college research awards, and have taken leadership roles in several important areas including: the Women's and Gender Studies minor, the Multicultural Center, the Faculty Center for Teaching, First Year Seminars, Strategic Planning, College Curriculum, Tenure & Promotion, Institutional Review Board, and the Intergroup Dialogue Program. In the field of psychology, our faculty members are engaged leaders in organizations such as the Lehigh Valley Society for Neuroscience, the Institute for Academic Feminist Psychologists; and the American Psychological Association.
We publish 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 page for the latest news. Don't hesitate to e-mail or call any professor with questions. Our Department Chair is Dr. Alan Tjeltveit. He can be reached by phone at 484-664-3421 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.