Department News

Spring 2020:

The Psychology Department recently hired a full-time faculty member to begin Fall 2020. Dr. Joshua J. Reynolds earned a bachelor's degree in psychology and criminology at Southern Oregon University, a master's degree in forensic psychology at the University of North Dakota, and doctorate in experimental psychology at the University of Wyoming. Please join us in welcoming Dr. Reynolds to the Psychology Department and the University of Scranton community.


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. Read more about Mary Nguyen Silsbee and her memorial 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:

The 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.


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