Faculty-Student News


Spring 2018:


Two Psychology Professors Retiring

On April 5th, the Psychology Department hosted a retirement reception and farewell dinner for two of its long-time professors: James P. Buchanan, PhD, and Thomas P. Hogan, PhD.



       Psychology Professor Awarded $800,000 NIH Grant




Danielle Arigo, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychology, won a $800,000, five-year National Institute of Health (NIH) K23 Award, which is a career development award for patient-oriented research.

University of Scranton psychology professor Danielle Arigo, Ph.D., was awarded a competitive National Institute of Health (NIH) grant for research to identify influences on physical activity that are unique to midlife women. The five-year, $800,000 grant is a K23 Award, which is a career development award for patient-oriented research. She is the first Scranton professor to receive this type of NIH grant. The award supports training and mentored research experiences for junior researchers with promise to develop as independent investigators.

“My research for this grant focuses on reducing midlife women’s risk for cardiovascular disease by using tailored digital health tools to promote physical activity in this population,” said Dr. Arigo. “Midlife women experience unique psychosocial barriers to physical activity. The first aim of the grant is to better understand these barriers, and the second is to use this information to design a mobile health app tailored to address these specific barriers.”

Dr. Arigo, a licensed clinical psychologist with a specialty in health psychology and behavioral medicine, has already published multiple studies on how wearable technology and online social contact affect health and wellness behavior, particularly among women. Her studies generally show that wearable devices provide motivation for exercise and weight loss, and that particular features are beneficial for certain individuals.

The NIH grant, given through the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, will support training at Scranton, Pennsylvania State University and Drexel University. Dr. Arigo’s mentoring team includes University of Scranton professors John Norcross, Ph.D., psychology (career mentor); Terrence Sweeney, Ph.D., biology (scientific adviser); and Yaodong Bi, Ph.D., computer science (scientific adviser); Penn State University professors Joshua Smyth, Ph.D., biobehavioral health and medicine (scientific mentor); and Danielle Symons Downs, Ph.D., kinesiology (scientific collaborator); and Drexel University professor Meghan Butryn, Ph.D., psychology (career collaborator).

The grant began in March and extends for a five-year period.

Dr. Arigo, who joined the faculty at Scranton in 2014 as an assistant professor of psychology, also serves as an associate faculty member of women’s and gender studies. She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Drexel University and her master’s and doctoral degrees in clinical psychology from Syracuse University. She also completed health-focused training during her clinical internship at the Syracuse VA Medical Center and a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at Drexel University.

Dr. Arigo was among just 12 faculty members in the nation to participate in 2015 National Institutes of Health’s esteemed Program to Increase Diversity Among Individuals Engaged in Cardiovascular Health-Related Research (PRIDE) summer institute, which is a training and mentoring program for junior faculty members. Her participation in this program led directly to the development of her K23 proposal.

Spring 2017:


Photo courtesy of The University.
Professors of psychology and a staff psychologist published eight books. From left: John Norcross, Ph.D., Leah Popple, Psy. D., and Thomas Hogan, Ph.D.

James P. Buchanan, Ph.D., is stepping down as chairperson of the
Psychology Department after 24 continuous years as chair.  In
recognition of his distinguished service, the Psychology faculty and
staff honored him with an engraved skeleton clock.

Spring 2016:

Two of our faculty members, Drs. John Norcross and Thomas Hogan, have created 12 modules on preparing and applying to graduate school.  These modules are offered free of charge on the American Psychological Association (APA) website and provide essential information and indispensable guidance.  Click on www.apa.org/education/grad/application-video-series.aspx to access the modules.

New Full-Time Faculty Member (Fall 2015):

The Psychololgy Department welcomes full-time faculty member Dr. Patrick Orr.  Dr. Orr received his baccalaureate from the University of Scranton and his doctorate in psychology, with specialization in behavioral neuroscience, from Yale University. He teaches Statistics, Behavioral Neuroscience, and Research Methods in Neuroscience. His research interests include steroidal and environmental influences on memory.

New Full-Time Faculty Member (Fall 2014):

The Psychololgy Department welcomes full-time faculty member Dr. Danielle Arigo.  Dr. Arigo received her baccalaureate from Drexel University, and earned her PhD in Clinical Psychology (Health Psychology/Behavioral Medicine emphasis) from Syracuse University. She completed her clinical internship at the Syracuse VA Medical Center and remains an affiliate of the VA Center for Integrated Healthcare. Her research investigates the use of social information to inform health decisions and health behaviors, including social facilitation of health behavior change via web-based social networking. Much of this work focuses on the influence of social comparisons on health behaviors in populations with eating- and weight-related conditions, including obesity, type 2 diabetes, celiac disease, eating disorders, and body dissatisfaction. She also specializes in the delivery of cognitive-behavioral interventions for health behavior change in medical settings. Dr. Arigo teaches Health Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, and Fundamentals of Psychology, and directs the Clinical Health Psychology Research Group.


Rank and Tenure Updates:
Dr. Bryan Burnham has been awarded tenure;
Dr. Christie Karpiak
was granted promotion to Full Professor; and
Dr. Jessica Nolan has received a promotion in rank to Associate Professor.

Dr. John C. Norcross has been awarded the 2014 Alfred M. Wellner, PhD, Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Register of Health Service Psychologists. The award is the highest honor bestowed on a psychologist by the National Register to commemorate numerous and significant contributions to psychology.  (Updated 6/6/14)

Mr. Andrew Milewski, Psychology major (Class of 2013), was published as a guest columnist for The Scranton Times-Tribune on July 27, 2013, writing about his move to Korea shortly after graduation, "South Korea modern, vibrant."  (full article)

Ms. Martha Triano, Psychology/Philosophy major, has been awarded the 2013 President's Fellowship for Summer Research Program.  Martha will be working with Dr. Jessica Nolan on her proposal titled Heuristics and Social Norms: A Potential Interaction in Recycling Behavior.  (updated 5/2/13)

Ms. Allyson Kiss, Psychology major, was recently selected in a nationwide competition to be one of a small group (out of hundreds of applicants) to attend the national convention of the American Educational Research Association meeting in San Francisco. The program, a three day event entitled AERA Undergraduate Student Education Research Training Workshop, introduced promising undergraduate researchers who are headed to graduate school to a host of prominent researchers and the research process.  (updated 5/2/13)

Dr. John C. Norcross recently published his acclaimed self-help book, Changeology: 5 Steps to Realizing your Goals and Resolutions (Simon & Schuster, www.Changeologybook.com), as well as new editions of his professional texts, Psychotherapy Relationships that Work and Self-Help that Works (both by Oxford University Press).  (updated 2/1/2013)

Dr. Barry Kuhle's "Cheaters" study gains coverage by MSN:  http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/44509918/ns/today-today_health/.  You can also view the article through this link: Cheaters! Men, women jealous for different reasons when mate strays   (updated 9/14/2011)

 Division 29 APA Council Representatives John C. Norcross and Linda F. Campbell
Awarded APA Presidential Citations

The APA President has the authority to bestow eight citations from the 150,000 membership of APA during her or his presidential year. These citations are given to members who have made outstanding and distinguished contributions to the field. This year, President Melba Vasquez cited both of our APA Council Representatives, John C. Norcross and Linda F. Campbell among the awardees.  (9/6/2011)


Three Psychology faculty members (Dr. Jessica Nolan, Dr. John C. Norcross, and Dr. Carole Slotterback) were recognized in a recent edition of The Chronicle of Higher Education. (Spring 2011)