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.

                  

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 Clinical 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 and past president of the APA Society of Clinical Psychology and the APA Division of Psychotherapy. He teaches Career Development in Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Field Experience in Clinical Settings, and the Senior Seminar. His research interests center on psychotherapy, clinician self-care, therapy relationships, and admission to graduate school.

Assistant Professor

anthony.betancourt@scranton.edu
AMH 216 | 570-941-7630

B.S., University of Scranton
M.A., Fairleigh Dickinson University
Ph.D., City University of New York

Dr. Betancourt received his baccalaureate from the University of Scranton, his master’s degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University, and his doctorate in educational psychology from the City University of New York, Graduate Center. He teaches Psychological Testing and Career Development in Psychology. His research interests include bullying, emotional intelligence, and addressing disparities in educational outcomes. Dr. Betancourt uses a variety of analytical techniques in his work including factor analysis and structural equation modeling.

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.

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 Research Methods & Statistics, Fundamentals of Psychology, and Developmental Psychology.

Professor

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Visiting Assistant Professor

elizabeth.vento@scranton.edu
AMH 207A | 570-941-7228

B.A., State University of New York, Purchase College
M.A., Ph.D., St. John's University

Dr. Vento received her baccalaureate from Purchase College, her M.S.Ed. from the College of New Rochelle, and her M.A. and doctorate in clinical psychology from St. John's University. She is delighted to join the faculty in Fall 2022, teaching Psychopathology and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Her clinical interests include reproductive mental health, LGBTQ+ mental health, and geropsychology. Her research interests include parenting, breastfeeding, and health disparities for marginalized groups.

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.

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, M.A.

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

Donna M. Rupp, MBA

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