Our ten full-time faculty all hold doctoral degrees in psychology and are actively involved in research spanning the discipline: clinical, cognitive, conservation/environmental, developmental, evolutionary, industrial-organizational, learning, physiological, perception, psychometrics, and social. In 1992 and 1995 members of our department have been named as the CASE (Council for Advancement and Support of Education) Professor of the Year for the state of Pennsylvania. Also, in 2000, another member of the department was named the CASE Professor of the Year at the University of Scranton.
All faculty members are exclusively committed to undergraduate education. Like many small institutions with a national reputation for excellence, we have chosen to have no graduate program in psychology, thus focusing our energies on the undergraduate population. This fosters a close mentoring relationship between undergraduates and faculty. In addition to their teaching commitments, faculty members supervise research, publish regularly, review for journals, and coordinate grants.
James P. Buchanan, Ph.D.
Dr. Buchanan received his baccalaureate from Johns Hopkins University and his doctorate in developmental psychology from UCLA in 1975. He teaches Childhood and Adolescence and Cognitive Psychology. His research interests include cognitive development, social cognition, and applied cognition.
Bryan R. Burnham, Ph.D.
Dr. Burnham received his baccalaureate from Utica College of Syracuse University in 2002 and his masters (2004) and doctorate in cognitive psychology from the University at Albany (SUNY) in 2007. He teaches Statistics in the Behavioral Sciences, Sensation & Perception, Cognitive Psychology, and Research Methods. His research interests include mechanisms of selective attention, interference and executive control, working memory, object perception/attention, and neuroscience of attention.
J. Timothy Cannon, Ph.D.
Dr. Cannon received his baccalaureate from the University of Scranton and doctorate in experimental/physiological psychology from the University of Maine in 1977. He did post-doctoral work at UCLA in the fields of pain inhibition and endorphins. He teaches Behavioral Neuroscience and Conditioning and Learning. His research interests include responses to environmental enrichment as well as how human facial characteristics are related to intelligence, personality, and political attitudes.
Thomas P. Hogan, Ph.D.
Dr. Hogan received his baccalaureate from John Carroll University and his doctorate in psychology with specialization in psychometrics from Fordham University. For ten years he was Dean of the Graduate School and Director of Research at the University of Scranton. He has also served as Interim Provost/Academic Vice President. He teaches statistics, psychological testing, and research methods, as well as the TA seminar. His research interests include educational and psychological test development, quantitative estimation, and mathematics assessment.
Christie Pugh Karpiak, Ph.D.
Dr. Karpiak earned her baccalaureate, master’s degree, and doctorate (awarded 1999) from the University of Utah, and completed her predoctoral clinical internship at the University of North Carolina Medical Center. She teaches Fundamentals of Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Childhood and Adolescence, Exceptional Child, and Statistics. Her clinical interests include children and adolescents, family therapy, and personality disorders. Her research interests include the role of interpersonal interactions in the following: the development of behavioral and emotional problems in children; psychotherapy process and outcome; and the development of personality patterns.
Barry X. Kuhle, Ph.D.
Professor Kuhle received his baccalaureate from Binghamton University in 1997 and his doctorate in evolutionary psychology from The University of Texas at Austin in 2002. He teaches Evolutionary Psychology, Fundamentals of Psychology, Statistics in the Behavioral Sciences, and Research Methods in the Behavioral sciences. His research focuses on the evolved psychological mechanisms that underlie commitment and jealousy in romantic relationships. He is also interested in the evolution and development of both sexual fluidity and reproductive senescence in women.
Jessica M. Nolan, Ph.D.
Dr. Nolan received her baccalaureate from Cornell University, her master’s degree from California State University, San Marcos, and her doctorate in experimental psychology (social concentration) from the University of Arkansas in 2008. She teaches Fundamentals of Psychology, Social Psychology, Industrial/ Organizational Psychology, Statistics, and Environmental Psychology. Her research focuses on the application of social psychological tools and principles to understand and solve environmental problems. She also conducts basic research on social norms and social influence processes.
John C. Norcross, Ph.D.
Dr. Norcross received his baccalaureate from Rutgers University, earned his doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Rhode Island, and completed his clinical internship at the Brown University School of Medicine. He is a Diplomate in clinical psychology of the American Board of Professional Psychology and past president of the APA Society of Clinical Psychology. He teaches Career Development in Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Field Experience in Clinical Settings, and the Senior Seminar. His research interests include psychotherapy, self-help, clinical practice, and graduate training.
Carole S. Slotterback, Ph.D.
Dr. Slotterback received her baccalaureate from Wilson College, her master's degree from New Mexico Highlands University, and her doctorate from Northern Illinois University in 1994. She was a postdoctoral fellow in the Elderly Care Research Center at Case Western Reserve University, where she analyzed data sets concerning stress and health in the elderly. She teaches Adulthood and Aging and Childhood and Adolescence. Her research interests include attitudes toward the elderly, older adults' attitudes toward other age groups, and analyzing children's letters to Santa Claus.
Jill A. Warker, Ph.D.
Dr. Warker received her baccalaureate from Bucknell University and her doctorate in cognitive psychology from The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She was a postdoctoral researcher in the Language Production Lab at the University of California, San Diego. She teaches Cognitive Psychology, Fundamentals of Psychology, and Research Methods. Her research interests include learning, memory, language production, and language acquisition.
Herbert Hauser, Ph.D. -- Teaches Cognitive Neuroscience and Fundamentals of Psychology
Edward Heffron, Ed.D. -- Teaches Fundamentals of Psychology and Adulthood & Aging
Michael Oakes, Ph.D. -- Teaches Fundamentals of Psychology, Drugs & Behavior, and Brain & Human Nature
John J. O'Malley, Ph.D. -- Professor Emeritus -- Teaches History & Literature of Psychology I and Exercise & Sport Psychology
Patrick T. Orr, Ph.D. -- Teaches Fundamentals of Psychology, Brain & Human Nature, and Statistics
Carl Schuster, Ph.D. -- Teaches Personality and Abnormal Psychology
Joseph A. Tellish, Ph.D. -- Teaches Fundamentals of Psychology and Behavior Modification
An indirect measure of instructional and faculty quality are awards bestowed by independent bodies. Drs. John Norcross and J. Timothy Cannon were honored as the Pennsylvania Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation. Dr. Thomas Hogan was named the 2000 CASE Professor of the Year at the University of Scranton. Dr. Hogan also received the 32nd Annual Gannon Memorial Award for Teaching (2000), was honored with the Teacher of the Year Award by the Class of 2000, and was recognized as Distinguished University Fellow (2003). The University of Scranton chapter of the American Psychological Society Student Caucus was chosen as the outstanding chapter in the country in 1992 and 1995. Dr. John Norcross received the Distinguished Career Contributions to Education & Training Award from the American Psychological Association and was recently recognized as a Distinguished University Fellow (2004). Dr. John O’Malley received the University’s Teacher of the Year Award in 2009.