Department of Psychology Faculty

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Department Chair

  • David Abwender, PhD, University of Miami
    (585) 395-5559
    dabwende@brockport.edu

    • Psychological and neuropsychological assessment and test development; clinical neuropsychology and neuropsychiatry; health psychology; relationship of stress/coping and personality variables to central nervous system pathology

Associate Chair

  • Amanda Lipko-Speed, PhD,
    Kent State University
    (585) 395-5082
    alipko@brockport.edu
    On Sabbatical Fall, 2015

    • The development of metacognition in childhood. (Children's overconfidence in their own cognitive abilities)

Director of MA in Psychology Program

  • Sara Margolin, PhD,
    University of Florida
    (585) 395-2908
    smargoli@brockport.edu

    • Age-related effects on language at both the word and sentence levels and on spelling. Also interested in the effects of negation on reading comprehension in older adults

Professor

Associate Professors

  • Stacy Birch, PhD,
    University of Illinois
    (585) 395-2484
    sbirch@brockport.edu

    • Language comprehension; reading impairment; memory
  • Kelly Brennan-Jones, PhD,
    SUNY Buffalo
    (585) 395-5553
    kbrennan@brockport.edu

    • Personality and social-psychological influences on close relationship processes; attachment measurement; attachment theory applied to the study of adult emotions, cognitions and behaviors, including romantic love, the self, touch, individual adaptation, and relational optimism
  • Marcie Desrochers, PhD, BCBA-D
    University of Manitoba
    (585) 395-5634
    mdesroch@brockport.edu

    • Applied behavior analysis; training of applied behavior analysts; evaluation of instructional software; teaching functional behavioral assessment and treatment approaches for individuals with developmental disabilities/autism; environmental psychology & 'green' behavior
  • Janet F. Gillespie, PhD,
    Southern Illinois University
    (585) 395-2433
    jgillesp@brockport.edu
    On Sabbatical Fall, 2015

    • Positive Psychology; community psychology and prevention; social support; quality of life issues; social cognition and social problem solving; intervention with families at risk for psychopathology.
  • Laurel McNall, PhD,
    SUNY-Albany
    (585) 395-2904
    lmcnall@brockport.edu

    • Employee attitudes; work-family issues; technology in the workplace
  • Jennifer Ratcliff, PhD,
    Ohio University
    (585) 395-2685
    jratclif@brockport.edu
    On Sabbatical Spring, 2016

    • Stigma; Posttraumatic growth and bullying; Stereotyping, prejudice, discrimination; Social Perception; The impact of pride displays on behavior toward marginalized groups;The role of race in juror decision making
  • Susan Shonk, PhD,
    University of Rochester
    (585) 395-5132
    sshonk@brockport.edu

    • Developmental psychopathology; development of emotional regulation and autonomy; family intervention programs based on attachment theory

Assistant Professors

  • Caitlin C. Abar, PhD,
    Pennsylvania State University
    (585) 395-5774
    cabar@brockport.edu

    • Social influences (parent and peer) on youth substance use; Latent variable modeling of adolescent and emerging adult development; Developmentally appropriate measurement
  • Melissa Brown, PhD,
    Indiana University
    (585) 395-2488
    mmbrown@brockport.edu

    • Meditation, mindfulness, executive function, and wellness
  • James E. Witnauer, PhD,
    State University of New York at Binghamton
    (585) 395-2286
    jwitnaue@brockport.edu

    • Elemental information processing in humans and sometimes nonhuman animals
  • Jeffery D. Snarr, PhD
    Stony Brook University
    (585) 395-2050
    jsnarr@brockport.edu

    • Parental attributions; prediction and prevention of family violence; public mental health; peer-mediated group therapy

Emeritus Professors

Last Updated 8/13/18

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