B.S. in psychology, State University of New York at New Paltz (1971)
M.A. in personality/social psychology, State University of New York at New Paltz (1973)
Ph.D. in experimental social psychology, Dartmouth College (1978)
I've been a member of the Department of Psychology since 1978. I teach courses in introductory, social and experimental psychology, as well as courses focusing on critical thinking, prejudice and the interface between psychology and law. In recent years, much of my time is devoted to teaching these courses more effectively and finding ways to encourage students to think carefully about psychological issues, particularly as they might apply to their own lives. My early research focused mostly on egotism, self-handicapping and attribution and was published in prominent social psychology journals. I also served on the editorial board of the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology in the 1980s. My more recent research, which has been published in the journal Sex Roles and presented at national and regional conferences, has focused on how gender role expectations are likely to inhibit women's attempts to safeguard their sexual health. I have also collaborated with many undergraduates over the last several years on problems that are of mutual interest resulting in research studies that have been presented at regional and national psychology conferences.
I have two sons, a daughter-in-law, a grandson (Abraham James) and a granddaughter on the way. My youngest son, Andrew, is teaching English to Tibetan high school students in western China and my other son, Matthew, is a lawyer for Nixon Peabody in Boston specializing in employment and labor law, particularly as it relates to issues concerned with intellectual property and trade secrets. Kate is a newly minted (UC Berkeley) assistant professor of education at Boston University.
I was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and attended PS 89, PS 119, JHS 240 and Midwood High School before leaving (escaping) to attend college at SUNY New Paltz, where I obtained bachelor's and master's degrees in psychology. I obtained my Ph.D. in experimental social psychology from Dartmouth College and had a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Connecticut Health Center before coming to Salve Regina in the fall of 1978.
My extracurricular activities include fitness training, playing in a men's baseball league and enjoying an occasional glass of single malt scotch (which definitely enhances my mental fitness if not my physical fitness). I like to talk about sports psychology, science and pseudoscience, and teaching, and enjoy conversations with funny and/or unusual people. If you qualify, I can be found on the third floor of McAuley Hall in room 316 and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 401-341-3117.