Faculty & Staff

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Department Chairs

Psychology– Patricia Rutledge, B.A., Murray State; M.A., Ph.D., Washington University in St. Louis. College student alcohol use and abuse; thought suppression.

Neuroscience- Sarah Conklin, B.A., Edinboro University of Pennsylvania; M.S., University of New Orleans; Ph.D., Baylor University. Health psychology; neuroscience; effects of diet on mental health.


Full Time Faculty

Monali Chowdhury,  B.S., Calcutta University, India; M.A., Ph.D., The Ohio State University. Research Interests:  Autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) and developmental disabilities; Romantic relationships and sexual health in youth with ASDs; Social skill building groups for higher-functioning individuals with ASDs.

Rodney Clark, B.A., California State University–Long Beach; M.A., Ph.D., Western Michigan University. Behavioral pharmacology; operant behavior; drugs and society; biomedical ethics; glutamate and motivation.

Allison Connell Pensky, B.A., Arizona State University, Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley.  Cognitive Psychology, Visual-Spatial attention, human electrophysiology (EEG), Haptic perception and blindness.

Jeffrey Cross, B.A., Allegheny College; M.A., Ph.D., West Virginia University. Autism; animal models of developmental and degenerative disease; neural correlates of learning and abnormal behavior.

Lydia Eckstein,  B.S. and M.S., Humboldt University Berlin; Ph.D., University of Tennessee Knoxville. Social & Political Psychology; intergroup conflict, violence, and aggression; predictors and justification of unethical behavior

Juvia P. Heuchert, B.A., Hons., University of Pretoria; M.Sc., Georgia State University; M.A., Ph.D., Boston University. Clinical psychology, psychopathology; peace psychology.

Jeffrey Hollerman, B.S., Allegheny College; M.S., Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh. Neuroscience; neural substrates of learning and memory. 

Aimee Knupsky, (URSCA Director) B.A., Muskingum College; M.S., Ph.D., University of New Mexico. Human cognitive processes; language, bilingualism, memory, and imagery.

Elizabeth Weiss Ozorak, B.A., Wesleyan University; M.A., Ph.D., Harvard University. Positive psychology, Community and local food/slow food, Community activism & Late bloomers

Lauren Paulson, B.A., M.A. Edinboro University, Ph.D. Duquesne University, Research Interests:  Eating disorders/Disordered eating, & Body image, Exercise; Supervision and Professional Development, Rural Issues and Concerns, Community Counseling

Ryan Pickering, B.A., University of Maine at Farmington; Ph.D., University of Maine. Social & sustainability psychology, human physiology, stereotype threat, disclosure of stigmatized identity, impact of current and childhood socioeconomic status.

Joshua Searle-White, B.A., Russian Language and Literature, Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH. Phi Beta Kappa.  M.A., Clinical Psychology, Clark University, Worcester, MA. Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Clark University, Worcester, MA. Foundation Course in Psychoanalytic Group Therapy, The Tavistock Clinic, London, UK. 1988-89.  Russian Language Program, Leningrad State University, Leningrad, USSR.  Fall 1980.  Norwich University Russian School, Northfield, VT.  Summer 1979.


Visiting and Adjunct Faculty

Robert Hancock, Massasoit Community College; B.A., University of Massachusetts-Amherst; M.S., Ph.D., Kansas State University.  Human Judgment & Decision Making, Meta-Analysis & Gender Similarities, Sport Performance, Collegiate Drinking

Jennifer Foreman, B.S., Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA, M.S., Robert Morris University, Moon Township, PA, Ph.D., University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT.  Educational psychology, especially individual learning differences, pedagogy, and psychometrics; social justice in education, especially neurodiversity and transgender issues.


Full-Time Staff

Cindy Hoesch, B.A., Edinboro University of Pennsylvania,  Academic Building Coordinator

Eileen Swan, Animal Caretaker


Professor Emeritus

David Anderson, B.A., Fresno State College; M.A., Ph.D., Washington State University. Research interests: problem-solving; computer-psychology interface; philosophy of science; history of psychology.

J. Alexander (Alec) Dale, Professor Emeritus of Psychology, B.A., Waterloo Lutheran University, 1966; M.A., University of Waterloo, 1969; Ph.D., 1971. Assistant Professor, 1970-77; Associate Professor, 1977-84, Health Professions Advisor, 1976-88; Professor, 1984-2007.

Deborah Dickey, Professor Emeritus of Psychology, B.A., Pennsylvania State University; M.S., University of Pittsburgh.

William DeLamarter, B.A., Oakland University; M.S., Ph.D., University of Massachusetts. Gender differences in social power, justice, attitudes; psychology and law.


Faculty Publications

    • “Cognitive approaches to religion,” published in Handbook of the Psychology of Religion, R. Paloutzian & C. Park (Eds.).
    • “21st Birthday drinking: Extremely extreme,” 
published in The Journal of Consulting & Clinical Psychology
    • “Premeditated aggression is associated with serum cholesterol in abstinent drug and alcohol dependent men,” published in Psychiatry Research
    • “Phonological facilitation through translation in a bilingual picture-naming task,” published in Bilingualism: Language & Cognition
    • “The five-factor model of personality in South African college students,” published in American Behavioral Scientist.
    • “Dopamine neurons report an error in the temporal prediction of reward during learning,” published in Nature: Neuroscience.