Our Faculty - Psychology

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Faculty Profiles

  • Sandra Neargarder

    Sandra Neargarder
    Professor and Chairperson of Psychology
    Hart Hall, Room 332
    Tel:
    508.531.2378

    Dr. Neargarder joined the Psychology Department at Bridgewater State University in the fall of 1999. She primarily teaches courses in Biopsychology and Neuropsychology. She is also the Chairperson of the Psychology Department and a Research Scientist at Boston University's Vision and Cognition Laboratory (http://www.bu.edu/neuropsychology). Her research involves the identification of visual and cognitive deficits in Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease and how these deficits affect patients' real-world functioning. Her research has been published in a number of peer-reviewed journals including Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology, Vision Research, the Journal of Gerontology, Cortex, Neuropsychology, and Clinical Nutrition.

    Degrees

    BS, Wright State University
    MA, PhD, Vanderbilt University

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  • Melissa Brandon

    Melissa Brandon
    Assistant Professor of Psychology
    Hart Hall, Room 343
    Tel:
    508.531.1842
    Degrees

    BS, University of Pittsburgh
    MS, PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison

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  • John Calicchia

    John Calicchia
    Professor of Psychology; Graduate Program Coordinator
    Hart Hall, Room 339
    Tel:
    508.531.1769

    Dr. John A. Calicchia came to Bridgewater in 1993 in the Department of Counselor Education where he served as a faculty member, Graduate Program Coordinator and Department Chair before joining the Psychology Department in the Fall of 2007. He has taught a variety of courses including applied pre-adolescent counseling, research methods, and legal and ethical issues. Over the past 20 years, his research and clinical practice have focused mainly on children and adolescence and Dr. Calicchia has an eclectic array of peer-reviewed articles, presentations, and a co-authored book. Dr. Calicchia is a Licensed Psychologist/Health Service Provider in the state of Massachusetts and has special training in child and adolescent psychology. He completed his pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral fellowship in clinical child psychology at McLean Hospital and served as a Child & Adolescent Psychologist at McLean Hospital and Harvard Medical School.

    Degrees

    BA, University of Rhode Island
    MA, University of Hartford
    PhD, Northeastern University

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  • Janessa Carvalho

    Janessa Carvalho
    Assistant Professor of Psychology
    Hart Hall, Room 325
    Tel:
    508.531.1875

    Dr. Carvalho joined the Bridgewater State University psychology department in 2013. As a neuropsychologist, she also completed a clinical residency and postdoctoral fellowship in clinical neuropsychology at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She is currently teaching courses in Research Methods and Abnormal Psychology. Her research interests generally lie in adult neuropsychology and include 1) psychometrics of cognitive and behavioral measures, 2) geriatric neuropsychology, and 3) cross-cultural neuropsychology. She is interested in collaborating with students on her research.

    Degrees

    BS, Bridgewater State University
    MA, PhD, University of Massachusetts at Amherst

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  • Alice Wen-jui Cheng

    Alice Wen-jui Cheng
    Assistant Professor of Psychology
    Hart Hall, Room 340
    Tel:
    508.531.2342

    Alice W. Cheng received her PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Rhode Island. She completed her American Psychological Association (APA) accredited internship at the Asian Pacific Family Center of Pacific Clinics in Los Angeles where she was immersed in learning culturally adapted interventions for Asian Americans. Her research interests are social cultural contexts influencing health disparities among ethnic minorities, Asian American mental health, racial stereotypes, diagnostic bias, multicultural competency, and alcohol-use disorders. Recently she served as a guest editor for Psychological Services and has two book chapters forthcoming (i.e. , “Teaching Abnormal and Personality Psychology using a Multicultural Framework, Collectivism and Individualism”). Dr. Cheng currently teaches Multicultural Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, and Foundations of Clinical Practice. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, true crime stories, foreign and independent movies, hiking and hanging out with her dog Libby.

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  • Elizabeth Englander

    Elizabeth Englander
    Professor of Psychology; Director of Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center (MARC)
    Hart Hall, Room 347
    Tel:
    508.531.2379

    Dr. Englander has been teaching at Bridgewater State University since 1993. Her major area of interest is in the childhood causes of abusive and violent behavior, and her research examines bullying and cyberbullying behaviors during the school years. She has taught ten different undergraduate courses, three of which she introduced to the Psychology curriculum. She also developed an internship program in Forensic Psychology. She has served as department chair and, during her time at Bridgewater, has published peer-reviewed articles, three editions of a book, has served as a Guest Editor for a Special Edition of The Journal of Social Sciences, and has published numerous other articles. She has presented her work at many conferences and has given numerous presentations and media interviews. She has been cited in newspapers and has appeared on television and radio locally, nationally and internationally. She has received eight external grants and several internal grants. She was the University's first Presidential Fellow, and received that grant and award for establishing and directing the Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center (MARC) at Bridgewater. MARC works with Bridgewater State University students in bringing bullying and cyberbullying research and programs to K-12 schools in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. In 2005 she was awarded the Course of Distinction Award by Massachusetts Colleges Online and Bridgewater's Distance Learning Award. Dr. Englander has testified in front of the Senate and was appointed to the Massachusetts Attorney General's Safe School Initiative Task Force under former Attorney General Thomas Reilly. She helped author and pass state legislation, and has trained thousands of teachers and tens of thousands of students in the Commonwealth.

    Degrees

    BA, University of California at Berkley
    MA, PhD, University of Southern California

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  • Holly Grant-Marsney

    Holly Grant-Marsney
    Assistant Professor of Psychology
    Hart Hall, Room 329
    Tel:
    508.531.2233

    Holly Grant-Marsney received a PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Dr. Grant-Marsney’s research is about adoption, the adopted person, and their close relationships. She is interested in how adoption is associated with attachment development and the impact of adoption and contact arrangements on family dynamics. She currently teaches several undergraduate and graduate courses, including Introductory Psychology, Child Psychology, Research Methods in Psychology, and Theory and Process of Group Interaction. In her free time, she loves being in nature, hiking or biking, and cooking.

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  • Ashley Hansen-Brown

    Ashley Hansen-Brown
    Assistant Professor of Psychology
    Hart Hall, Room 321
    Tel:
    508.531.2513

    Dr. Hansen-Brown joined the psychology department at Bridgewater State University in 2017 where she teaches several courses including Social Psychology and Statistics for Psychology. She completed her BS in Psychology at Washington State University, her MS in Experimental Psychology at Eastern Washington University, and her PhD in Social Psychology at the Ohio State University. Her research primarily focuses on trait narcissism and entitlement in social contexts such as close relationships, with additional lines of research on gender in academia and on the scholarship of teaching and learning. Dr. Hansen-Brown enjoys collaborating with students on research projects related to these topics.

    Degrees

    BS, Washington State University
    MS, Eastern Washington University
    PhD, the Ohio State University

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  • Elizabeth Hayden

    Assistant Professor of Psychology
    Hart Hall, Room 347
    Tel:
    508.531.1351

    Dr. Hayden joined Bridgewater in the fall of 2007 as an adjunct instructor.  She teaches Research Methods, Biopsychology, Abnormal Behavior and Psychology of Criminal Behavior.  Prior to her academic appointment at BSU, Elizabeth completed an internship at UMASS emergency room in clinical psychology. Following the internship, she worked as a clinician at Harrington hospital.  She then became a field researcher and program evaluator for Yale University Consultation Center.  Dr. Hayden’s research interests include welfare policy and litigation, economic inequality, community conflict and terrorism. Elizabeth ran for public office in Connecticut and remains active in local and state politics. She is currently working on a meta-analysis that compares the effects of capitalism in the United States and Russia. In her free time, she loves playing with her cats, horseback riding, traveling and spending time with family.

    Degrees

    BA, College of the Holy Cross
    MA, University of New Haven
    PhD, Northeastern University

     

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  • Jonathan Holmes

    Jonathan Holmes
    Associate Professor of Psychology
    Hart Hall, Room 341
    Tel:
    508.531.2875

    Dr. Holmes joined Bridgewater in the fall of 2000 and has taught a variety of courses, including Introductory Psychology, Introductory Psychology honors sections, Statistics for Psychology, Research Methods, History of Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Biopsychology, and Psychology and Literature. He has served as Chair of the Psychology Department and he has won the Presidential Award for Distinguished Teaching. Dr. Holmes' current scholarly interests involve looking at the history and philosophy of psychology. A brief article on some of his work on Ancient Greek psychological functioning and its relation to current psychology was recently published in the December 2012 edition of The Bridgewater Review.

    Degrees

    BA, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
    MA, PhD, State University of New York at Stony Brook

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  • Theresa Jackson

    Theresa Jackson
    Assistant Professor of Psychology
    Hart Hall, Room 344
    Tel:
    508.531.2333

    Theresa E. Jackson earned her PhD in developmental psychology from Clark University. She is currently teaching Introductory Psychology and Research Methods in Psychology. Her early research investigated urban girls’ experiences with puberty and the transition to womanhood. More recently Dr. Jackson’s research has explored how perceptions of choice and control affect decision-making in relation to reproductive health across the lifespan. She has published in Feminism and Psychology and Women’s Reproductive Health. Dr. Jackson enjoys training for, but not actually running, half marathons, trying new recipes with her spiralizer and a good cup of coffee.

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  • Tina Jameson

    Tina Jameson
    Associate Professor of Psychology
    Hart Hall, Room 335
    Tel:
    508.531.1298

    Dr. Jameson joined the Bridgewater State University psychology department in the Fall of 2007. Dr. Jameson teaches a variety of courses including Statistics, Research Methods, Cognitive Psychology and Sensation & Perception. Dr. Jameson's area of specialization is Cognitive Psychology and her primary research interests include working memory, decision making, and metacognition. Dr. Jameson is always interested in getting students involved in her research.​

    Degrees

    BA, Whitman College
    MA, University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth
    PhD, Washington State University, 2004

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  • Margaret M. Johnson

    Margaret M. Johnson
    Professor of Psychology
    Hart Hall, Room 322
    Tel:
    508.531.2376

    Dr. Johnson has been teaching at Bridgewater State University for more than thirty years. She has taught fourteen different undergraduate and three graduate courses, six of which she developed. She has served on a number of committees both inside and outside the department, and was involved in the piloting of First-Year Seminars, to be offered as part of the University's new curriculum. Her primary interest lies in the investigation of evolutionary psychology and its interface with developmental, social, and clinical fields. She has developed several new courses on the subject and has integrated the perspective into every course she teaches. Her research interest is in testing evolutionary hypotheses - for example, those on behavioral and psychological sex differences at all points in development - in order to develop effective pscyhoeducational interventions for couples and families experiencing relationship difficulties.

    Degrees

    BA, Macalester College
    MA, PhD, Boston University

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  • Teresa King

    Teresa King
    Professor of Psychology
    Hart Hall, Room 338
    Tel:
    508.531.2742

    Teresa K. King, PhD joined the BSU Psychology Department in 2003. She received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Houston. She completed her internship and post-doctoral fellowship at Brown Medical School. Her research examines psychological factors that have an effect on health with a particular focus on body image. Dr. King strongly believes in the transformative nature of undergraduate research and has mentored several ATP semester and summer grants, honors theses, and directed studies. The undergraduate courses she regularly teaches include Cross-Cultural Psychology (regular and honors), Orientation to the Major, Introductory Psychology (regular and honors), Abnormal Psychology, and Research.

    Areas of Expertise

    Body Image
    Women's Health

    Degrees

    BS, MA, PhD, University of Houston

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  • Michelle Mamberg

    Michelle Mamberg
    Associate Professor of Psychology
    Hart Hall, Room 334
    Tel:
    508.531.2515

    Dr. Mamberg is a Clinical Psychologist. Her post-doctoral clinical experiences included counseling New Yorkers following the World Trade Center attack in 2001 and working at Pace University's Counseling Center in Westchester, N.Y. Dr. Mamberg's clinical work focuses on anxiety, depression and trauma sequellae in young adults; and her therapeutic style incorporates relational-dynamic and interpersonal approaches with cognitive-behavioral techniques. She has continued her professional development by becoming trained in the teaching of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction at the Center for Mindfulness, at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Dr. Mamberg's theoretical interests primarily focus on socio-cultural and discursive aspects of self development, as well as the impact of trauma and loss on identity and developmental processes. She has mentored students on various quantitative and qualitative research projects, two of which were presented at the 5th International Conference on the Dialogical Self. Dr. Mamberg teaches a variety of undergraduate courses, including Clinical Psychology, Psychology of Personality, Abnormal Psychology, and Orientation to the Major. At the graduate level, she teaches Psychotherapy: Theory and Practice, I; an advanced seminar on Trauma & Loss and she supervises students during their field placements.

    Degrees

    BA, State University of New York at Purchase, 1987
    MA, Clark University, 1994
    PhD, Clark University 2002

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  • Jeffrey Nicholas

    Jeffrey Nicholas
    Professor of Psychology
    Hart Hall, Room 316
    Tel:
    508.531.2250

    Dr. Nicholas joined the Department of Psychology in September, 1998. His area of specialization is Industrial/Organizational Psychology. Dr. Nicholas teaches Introductory Psychology, Social Psychology, I/O Psychology, Statistics, and Research Methods. His research interests include social cognition, social influence, attitudes, and emotional reactions especially when applied to behavior in the workplace.

    Degrees

    BS, Salem State University, 1986
    MS, PhD, Purdue University, 1993

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  • Stephanie Penley

    Stephanie Penley
    Assistant Professor of Psychology
    Hart Hall, Room 324
    Tel:
    508.531.2313

    Dr. Stephanie Penley is a systems neuroscientist who is primarily interested in understanding how distributed networks of neurons work together to create a memory. Her research focuses on sex differences in the behavioral and neuroanatomical consequences of developmental teratogen exposure. She teaches Biopsychology and Research Methods. She also loves the outdoors, is a crafter, novice quilter, and comic book nerd. 

    Degrees

    BS, MA, PhD, University of Connecticut at Storrs

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  • Laura Ramsey

    Laura Ramsey
    Associate Professor of Psychology
    Hart Hall, Room 337
    Tel:
    508.531.2883

    Dr. Ramsey joined the Bridgewater State University psychology department in 2011. She teaches a variety of courses, including Introductory Psychology, Orientation to the Psychology Major, Research Methods, Social Psychology, and the Psychology of Women and Gender. Her research has focused on three primary areas: 1) stereotyping & prejudice, 2) objectification, and 3) the underrepresentation of women in math & science fields. For example, she has published papers examining implicit (unconscious) versus explicit (conscious) stereotypes, the consequences of objectification for romantic relationships, and how women who increasingly endorse the women-are-bad-at-math stereotype over the course of a semester perform worse in their math class.  She particularly enjoys collaborating with students on research projects.

    Degrees

    BS, University of Mary Washington, Psychology
    MS, PhD, University of Michigan, Social Psychology

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  • Michael Root

    Michael Root
    Assistant Professor of Psychology
    Hart Hall, Room 326
    Tel:
    508.531.1958

    Michael Root received his doctorate in psychology from the University of New Hampshire. Dr. Root’s current research interests include heuristic decision-making, cheater detection during social exchanges, and developing pedagogical techniques for improving psychological literacy. His hobbies include reading, gaming and cooking.

    Degrees

    BS, MS, CAGS, Springfield College
    PhD, University of New Hampshire at Durham

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  • Joseph Schwab

    Joseph Schwab
    Assistant Professor of Psychology
    Hart Hall, Room 333
    Tel:
    508.531.2393

    Dr. Schwab joined the Psychology Department at BSU in 2016. His research focuses on the narrative construction of identity in adolescence and adulthood, aiming to better understand how people create meaning and purpose in their lives through the stories they tell. He has published research using multiple methods to collect data (e.g., interviews, writing prompts, and surveys) on morals and values, religion and spirituality, and the detrimental effects of masculinity in men. Dr. Schwab teaches Developmental Psychology and Research Methods, and enjoys collaborating with students on research projects.

    Degrees

    BA, University of Cincinnati
    MA, PhD, Clark University

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  • Melissa Singer

    Melissa Singer
    Associate Professor of Psychology
    Hart Hall, Room 331
    Tel:
    508.531.2579

    Dr. Singer received her Ph.D. from The University of Chicago in 2004 where she examined the role of social input on children's knowledge change. Dr.Singer focused primarily on the role of hand gestures in instruction and learning of mathematical problem-solving. After completing her graduate training, she continued her work at The Learning Sciences Research Institute in Chicago investigating the role of hand gestures as well as other visual forms of representations on children's scientific reasoning. Dr. Singer published this work in the journal, Discourse Processes. Currently, Dr. Singer explores the ways in which gesture and other nonverbal representations shape children's scientific and mathematical reasoning, as well as the ways children construct meaning around these representations in both laboratory and applied settings. Dr. Singer teaches Child Psychology, Research Methods in Psychology, Nonverbal Communication, and a Second Year Seminar on gesture.

    Degrees

    BA, Northeastern Illinois University
    MA, PhD, University of Chicago

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  • Elizabeth Spievak

    Elizabeth Spievak
    Professor of Psychology
    Hart Hall, Room 336
    Tel:
    508.531.2154

    Dr. Spievak, joined the department in 2003. She teaches a variety of courses including Introductory Psychology (including honors), Statistics and Research Methods, Cognitive, Criminal Behavior, Forensics and Special Topics. Elizabeth has a research lab in which students participate in all aspects of research, from design to presentation, over several semesters and years. The students are engaged in ongoing research in various stages, most centering around attentional processes, particularly as they apply to legal decision making and coping. In addition to her duties at Bridgewater, Elizabeth does trial consulting and maintains a working relationship with colleagues in the legal field.

    Degrees

    BS, Indiana University
    MBA, Miami University
    MA, Wright State University
    PhD, University of Louisville

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  • Caroline Stanley

    Caroline Stanley
    Assistant Professor of Psychology
    Hart Hall, Room 323
    Tel:
    508.531.1879

    Dr. Stanley's clinical specialization in is the area of child and family studies. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship in pediatric oncology at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Her main research interest pertains to the teaching of psychology. She is currently exploring the use of classroom experiential techniques for promoting personal change. She is also interested in constructivist approaches to psychology and the manner in which people construct meaningful interpretations of themselves and the world.

    Degrees

    BA, State University of New York at Binghamton
    PhD, The University of Memphis

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  • Nesa Wasarhaley

    Nesa Wasarhaley
    Assistant Professor of Psychology
    Hart Hall, Room 342
    Tel:
    508.531.1841

    Dr. Wasarhaley joined the psychology department at BSU in 2014. Her specialty area is Social Psychology with a research focus on Psychology and Law. Her research investigates the effect of victim stereotypes, crime schemas, and juror attitudes on decision-making. She is particularly interested in examining perceptions of crimes involving violence against women and victims from marginalized groups.​ She has an active research lab at BSU and works with student collaborators. Dr. Wasarhaley regularly teaches Social Psychology and Orientation to the Psychology Major, sometimes teaches a Special Topics course on the Psychology of Injustice, and has previously taught Introductory Psychology ​and the First-Year Seminar/Colloquium in the Honors program's Social Inequality themed cluster at BSU.

    Degrees

    BA, Hamilton College
    MA, Columbia University Teachers College
    MS, PhD, University of Kentucky

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Emeriti Faculty Profiles

  • Ruth Hannon

    Ruth Hannon
    Professor of Psychology
    Hart Hall, Room 325
    Tel:
    508.531.2251

    Dr. Hannon has taught numerous courses in the Psychology Department since 1979. With faculty from Communication Studies and Social Work, she teaches Perspectives of the Holocaust an effort which has won the Presidential Award for Collaboration in Teaching and in 2007, the Action Teaching Award, Honorable Mention from the Social Psychology Network. Recently, Dr. Hannon designed a course, Service-Learning in Psychology in which Bridgewater State University students study boys' development and work with a group of young boys from the Big Sisters/Big Brothers program in Brockton, MA. In 2001-2002 Dr. Hannon was a Visiting Scholar at the Centers for Women at Wellesley College where she designed a qualitative research program to study working families in Northern Ireland focusing on the effects of ongoing political violence on work-family life there. She has presented her work at three international conferences and several national and regional conferences. She has published on work-family issues and recently had a book review published in The Irish Journal of Psychology. Dr. Hannon has received multiple internal grants and most recently, won a federal Learn and Serve grant to establish service-learning courses at Bridgewater. She chaired the Psychology Department for several years and is active on multiple University committees including the Service-Learning Task Force.

    Degrees

    BS, Wayne State University
    PhD, Catholic University of America

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  • David Richards

    David Richards
    Professor of Psychology
    Hart Hall, Room 323
    Tel:
    508.531.2377

    Dr. Richards has been teaching in the Psychology Department at Bridgewater State University since 1976. He has taught a total of twenty-one different courses, seven of which he introduced to the Psychology curriculum. He served one term as Department Chair and has served on a number of committees, both within and outside of the Department. Dr. Richards' primary interest includes developing web-based interactive tutorials that are consistent with principles derived from research in learning and education. His other interests include behavior genetics, cross-cultural psychology, and the psychology of altruistic behavior. These interests have led to the development of new courses within the Psychology Department.

    Degrees

    BA, University of Missouri
    MA, PhD, Clark University

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  • Susan Todd

    Susan Todd
    Professor of Psychology
    Hart Hall, Room 326
    Tel:
    508.531.2244

    Dr. Todd has been teaching in the Psychology Department at Bridgewater State University since 1974, and is also a licensed acupuncturist. She has taught sixteen different undergraduate and four graduate courses, twelve of which she developed. She has mentored undergraduate student research presented at undergraduate research paper conferences, and has also mentored graduate Master's theses. In1981, she developed a Departmental Concentration in Medical and Health Psychology, and served as the coordinator of this Concentration until 2004. In 1999, she was a co-developer of the Exploring Consciousness Learning Community. In 2002, she developed a new model for teaching Research Methods and Statistics as linked courses so that students could take them together within a single semester. She developed and served as the coordinator for our graduate program in clinical psychology for fifteen years, and served as the Department Chair for three years.

    She has served on numerous committees both within and outside of the Department, and is a member of two professional societies. She has presented at workshops and regional conferences, and has presented at two national conferences. She has written several articles and has developed a series of educational videos. In 2001, she received a small grant from the Center of the Advancement in Research and Teaching to examine the role of self-regulation in learning, health care, and psychotherapeutic change. This research was presented in a poster session at the American Psychological Association and published in a peer reviewed journal. She received two program development grants for Web courses, and has developed and now teaches two Web-based psychology courses; in 2009 she was awarded the Course of Distinction Award by Massachusetts Colleges Online and Bridgewater's Distance Learning Award. Currently, Dr. Todd coordinates the Department's Peer Assisted Learning Program.

    Degrees

    BA, PhD, Vanderbilt University

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Staff Profiles