Faculty, Student, & Alumni News

Summer 2019:

Please join us in congratulating our most recent recipients of the Mary Nguyen Silsbee Research Award. Awarded funds will be used by each student to supplement their summer research projects. To read more about Mary Nguyen Silsbee and her memorial research award, please visit our website Mary Nguyen Silsbee Research Award

Carly Bock Michael Diana Emily Lundeen

Five Psychology majors are conducting paid research this summer through the Psychology Research IMmersion Experience (PRIME) and the President’s Fellowship for Summer Research.

Both are competitive grant programs that immerse students in the behavioral sciences and “prime” them for graduate education. The undergraduates will master critical analysis, scholarly writing, and methodological skills at an accelerated rate.

Pictured sitting from left to right are Carly Bock, Kyra Bevenour, Emily Lundeen, and Jake Ziede (not pictured is Michael Diana). Standing are their psychology research mentors: Drs. John Norcross, Jill Warker, Jessica Nolan, Emily Hopkins, and Patrick Orr.

Spring 2019:

Psychology Department hired two new, full-time faculty members this year: Emily J. Hopkins, Ph.D. and Gail Kemp, Ph.D.

Dr. Hopkins earned her bachelor’s degree in cognitive neuroscience from Brown University and her master’s and Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Virginia. She completed postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Pennsylvania and Temple University. Her research focuses on the role of play and fictional media in early childhood. She is particularly interested in exploring how play and stories can be used as educational tools. Dr. Hopkins teaches Fundamentals of Psychology and Developmental Psychology.

Dr. Kemp earned her baccalaureate from Harvard College, master’s in Public Health, master’s in clinical psychology, and doctorate in clinical psychology from Boston University. She completed her clinical internship at Franciscan Children’s in Boston, MA. She teaches Abnormal Psychology, Psychological Testing, and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy. Her clinical interests include parent, child, and family interventions for youth internalizing disorders. Her research interests include the cultural context of clinical care, parenting intervention, family expressed emotion and psychopathology, and community-level sources of chronic stress and psychopathology risk.


Spring 2018:   

Two psychology professors retired at the end of the 2018 academic year. The Psychology Department hosted a retirement reception and farewell dinner for 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. 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.
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).

Spring 2017: 


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., stepped 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.