Title: Associate Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience
Primary Department: Psychology
Other Programs: Neuroscience and Global Health Studies
Degrees: B.A., Edinboro University; M.S., University of New Orleans; Ph.D., Baylor University
Phone: (814) 332-2392
Office Location: Carnegie 207
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Sarah earned a B.A. in Psychology from Edinboro University, the M.S. in Biopsychology from the University of New Orleans and the Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Baylor. Following the completion of her Ph.D., she completed a post-doctoral research fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh in Cardiovascular Behavioral Medicine. She joined the faculty at Allegheny in 2007. Sarah teaches Health Psychology, Foundations of Psychology, Foundations of Neuroscience II, Health and Psychophysiology, and an FS called Healthy, Happy Brains.
Sarah’s research interests include how dietary fats are related to mood and brain function, how different types of behaviors such as eating, sleeping and exercise can influence autonomic response to mental stress and promote feelings of well-being and how naps might benefit young adults. Sarah’s lab is equipped with a variety of psychophysiological measurement tools such as EEG and EKG and now includes a state-of-the-art Polysomnography System.
Sarah lives near campus in Meadville with her husband and their two very large dogs and very small twin cats. All of their animals are black with white socks. Her hobbies include backpacking, gardening, traveling, rooting for Pittsburgh sports teams and promoting her own neurogenesis. She is an optimist.