Psychology Faculty

Our 11 full-time faculty all hold doctoral degrees in psychology and are actively involved in research spanning the discipline. Three are licensed clinical psychologists. In addition to their teaching commitments, faculty members advise students, supervise research, publish regularly, review for journals, direct programs, and coordinate grants.

                  

  • John C. Norcross, Ph.D., ABPP, Chairplus or minus

    Distinguished Professor

    john.norcross@scranton.edu
    AMH 224 | 570-941-7638

    B.A., Rutgers University
    M.A., Ph.D., University of Rhode Island
    Internship, Brown University School of Medicine
    Licensed Psychologist

    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 board-certified clinical psychologist. He teaches Career Development in Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Field Experience in Clinical Settings, and the Senior Seminar. His research interests center on psychotherapy, self-help, clinical practice, undergraduate education, and admission to graduate school.

  • Bryan R. Burnham, Ph.D.plus or minus

    Associate Professor

    bryan.burnham@scranton.edu
    AMH 223 | 570-941-6687

    B.A., Utica College of Syracuse University
    M.A., Ph.D., State University of New York at Albany

    Dr. Burnham received his baccalaureate from Syracuse University and his doctorate in experimental and cognitive psychology/science from the University at Albany (SUNY). He teaches Statistics, Sensation and Perception, Cognitive Psychology, and Research Methods. His Human Attention Lab (HAL) examines factors that govern the control of attention, interference and executive attention, working memory, object attention, and the neuroscience of attention. His research interests include mechanisms of selective attention, visual attention, interference, executive (conscious) control, and object perception/attention.

  • J. Timothy Cannon, Ph.D. (currently on medical leave)plus or minus

    Professor

    jtimothy.cannon@scranton.edu
    AMH 202 | 570-941-4266

    B.S., The University of Scranton
    Ph.D., University of Maine

    Dr. Cannon received his baccalaureate from the University of Scranton and his doctorate in experimental/physiological psychology from the University of Maine. He did post-doctoral work at UCLA in the fields of pain inhibition and endorphins. He teaches Behavioral Neuroscience, Drugs & Behavior, and Research Methods in the Behavioral Sciences. His research interests include the neuroanatomical and neurochemical bases of pain-inhibition mechanisms, environmental enrichment, stress, and fear.

  • Emily J. Hopkins, Ph.D. (on maternity leave for Fall 2020)plus or minus

    Assistant Professor

    emily.hopkins@scranton.edu
    AMH 206 | 570-941-7063

    B.S., Brown University
    M.A, Ph.D., University of Virginia

    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.

  • Christie P. Karpiak, Ph.D.plus or minus

    Professor & Chair

    christie.karpiak@scranton.edu
    AMH 219 | 570-941-5886

    B.S., M.S., Ph.D., University of Utah
    Licensed Clinical Psychologist

    Dr. Karpiak earned her baccalaureate, master’s degree, and doctorate from the University of Utah, and completed her clinical internship at the University of North Carolina Medical Center. She teaches Abnormal Psychology, Statistics, Research Methods, Abnormal Child Psychology, and Child Clinical Psychology. Her clinical interests focus on children and adolescents. Her research interests include therapy process and outcome, and the role of social/interpersonal interactions in the development of behavioral and emotional problems.

  • Barry X. Kuhle, Ph.D.plus or minus

    Associate Professor

    barry.kuhle@scranton.edu
    AMH 222 | 570-941-5459

    B.A., Binghamton University
    Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin

    Dr. Kuhle received his baccalaureate from Binghamton University and his doctorate in evolutionary psychology from the University of Texas at Austin. He teaches Evolutionary Psychology, Fundamentals of Psychology, and Statistics in the Behavioral Sciences. His research focuses on the evolved psychological mechanisms that underlie sex differences in humor production, mate preferences, and romantic jealousy. He is also interested in (a) the evolution of both sexual fluidity and reproductive senescence in women, and (b) sex differences in how women and men advertise themselves and what they report seeking on Tinder.

  • Jessica M. Nolan, Ph.D.plus or minus

    Professor

    jessica.nolan@scranton.edu
    AMH 203 | 570-941-2470

    B.S., Cornell University
    M.A., California State University
    Ph.D., University of Arkansas

    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. 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.

  • Patrick T. Orr, Ph.D.plus or minus

    Associate Professor

    patrick.orr@scranton.edu
    AMH 205 | 570-941-7896

    B.A., The University of Scranton
    Ph.D., Yale University

    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.

  • Joshua J. Reynolds, Ph.D.plus or minus

    Assistant Professor

    joshua.reynolds@scranton.edu
    AMH 216 | 570-941-4804

    B.S., Southern Oregon University
    Ph.D., University of Wyoming

    Dr. Reynolds received his bachelor's degree in psychology and criminology at Southern Oregon University, his master's degree in forensic psychology at the University of North Dakota, and his doctorate in experimental psychology at the University of Wyoming. He teaches Research Methods and Statistics as well as Forensic Psychology. His research uses multidisciplinary theory from evolution/behavioral ecology, cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, and forensic psychology. Topics include homicide, rape, exploitative and deceptive strategies, self-control, jury decision making, police legitimacy, and fourth amendment interactions. Dr. Reynolds uses a variety of analytical techniques in his work including Bayesian statistics and generalized linear models.

  • Carole S. Slotterback, Ph.D.plus or minus

    Professor

    carole.slotterback@scranton.edu
    AMH 218 | 570-941-7895

    B.S., Wilson College
    M.S., New Mexico Highlands University
    Ph.D., Northern Illinois University

    Dr. Slotterback received her baccalaureate from Wilson College, her master's degree from New Mexico Highlands University, and her doctorate from Northern Illinois University. She was a postdoctoral fellow in the Elderly Care Research Center at Case Western Reserve University. She teaches Developmental Psychology and Psychology of Women. 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.plus or minus

    Associate Professor

    jill.warker@scranton.edu
    AMH 221 | 570-941-7027

    B.A., Bucknell University
    M.A., Ph.D., University of Illinois

    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, Cognitive Neuroscience, Psychology of Language, and Research Methods. Her research interests include learning, memory, language production, and language acquisition.

  • Part-Time Facultyplus or minus

    Dana Gadaire, Ph.D.

    dana.gadaire@scranton.edu
    570-941-7630

    Carlie Leaman

    carlie.leaman@scranton.edu
    570-941-7630

    Sara Nardone, Ph.D.

    sara.nardone@scranton.edu
    570-941-7630

    John J. O'Malley, Ph.D.

    john.omalley@scranton.edu
    AMH 215 | 570-941-4269

    Michael E. Oakes, Ph.D.

    michael.oakes@scranton.edu
    AMH 218 | 570-941-7895

    Carl J. Schuster, Ph.D.

    drschuster1@verizon.net
    570-383-5040

    Katy Sulla

    katy.sulla@scranton.edu
    570-941-7630

    Joseph A. Tellish, Ph.D.

    joseph.tellish@scranton.eud
    AMH 208 | 570-941-7630
  • Administrative Assistantplus or minus

    Donna M. Rupp, MBA

    donna.rupp@scranton.edu
    AMH 200 | 570-941-7630