Department of Psychology Faculty and Staff

Department of Psychology Faculty and Staff

Department of Psychology

2102 McCormick Center | 570-389-4471 Psychology Department McCormick Center for Human Services Bloomsburg University 400 East Second Street Bloomsburg, PA 17815-1301

Julie M. Kontos, Professor, Department Chair

  • 2103 McCormick Center | 570-389-4471 | Education: B.A., M.S., Ph.D., University of Georgia | Courses: Psychology of Learning, Experimental Psychology: Methodology, Experimental Psychology: Applications, Applied Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences

Kevin T. Ball, Associate Professor

  • 2110 McCormick Center | 570-389-4513 | Education: B.A., Bloomsburg University, Ph.D., Indiana University (Bloomington) | Courses: Behavioral Neuroscience, Experimental Psychology: Methods, Experimental Psychology: Applications, Applied Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences | Research Areas: Neuropsychopharmacology of Drug Abuse and Addiction

Brett L. Beck, Professor

  • 2139 McCormick Center | 570-389-4477 | Education: A.A., James H. Faulkner State Junior College; B.A., University of West Florida; Ph.D., University of Alabama | Introduction to Clinical Psychology, General Psychology, Psychology of Adjustment

George Chavez, Assistant Professor

  • 2115 McCormick Center | 570-389-4957 | www.georgefchavez.com | Education: B.A., New York University; M.S., Ph.D., Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey | Courses: General Psychology, Psychology of Adjustment, Psychology of Gender | Research Interests (Social Psychology): Ambiguous social categorization, metacognition, racial and gender identity, lay theories of social categories, confidence and uncertainty.

Winona J. Cochran, Professor

  • 2156 McCormick Center | 570-389-4474 | Education: A.S., Dalton Junior College; B.S. University of Tennessee; M.S., Ph.D., University of Georgia | Social Psychology, Applied Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences

Amy Covill, Associate Professor

  • 2138 McCormick Center | 570-389-4990 | Education: B.A., Colgate University; M.Ed., Ph.D., University of Washington (Seattle) | Courses: Cognitive Psychology, Early Child Development, Cognitive Development, Life Span Psychology, and Seminar: Advanced Language Study | Research Interests: The development of writing skill, cognitive processes involved in writing, and applications of psychology to learning and teaching

Mary Katherine Waibel Duncan, Professor, Joan and Fred Miller Distinguished Professor of Good Work

  • 2111 McCormick Center | 570-389-4469 | Education: B.A,. Bryn Mawr College; M.S., Ph.D., Vanderbilt University | Courses Taught: Early Child Development, Applied Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences, Developmental Psychopathology, Psychology Seminar on Positive Psychology, Independent Study | Research Interests: positive youth development, early child development, developmental psychopathology, academic good work

Nancy Giles, Assistant Professor

  • 2114 McCormick Center | 570-389-4283 | Education: B.A., University of North Texas; M.A., University of West Florida; Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison | Courses: Life Span Psychology, Psychological Tests and Measurements, Early Childhood, Transitions to Adolescence, and Middle Childhood Cognitive Development | Research Interests: Teaching and learning of lower achieving students; Cognitive and language development in children and adolescents with cognitive disabilities

Jennifer A. Johnson, Associate Professor

  • 2122 McCormick Center | 570-389-4635 | Education: B.A., Bucknell University; Ph.D., McGill University | Courses: Applied Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences, Experimental Psychology: Methodology, Experimental Psychology: Applications, Cognitive Psychology, Seminars (Sensation and Perception; Mythbusters: Distinguishing Fact from Fiction in Psychology) | Academic areas: Experimental Psychology, Cognition, Cognitive Neuroscience | Research areas: Factors that influence attention; Good Work in higher education; Music cognition

Mary Jo Larcom, Assistant Professor

  • 2141 McCormick Center | 570-389-4479 | Education: B.A., Bloomsburg University; M.A., Ph.D., Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts | Courses: Applied Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences, Experimental Psychology: Methodology, Experimental Psychology: Applications, Life Span Psychology | Research Interests: Social Developmental Psychology, Age-related changes in emotion recognition and emotion regulation; the effect of current mood on interpretations of emotionally ambiguous stimuli in younger, middle-aged, older and adults; emotional development during adulthood.

Jeffrey D. Leitzel, Associate Professor

  • 2123 McCormick Center | 570-389-4232 |www.leitzel.com | Education: B.S., Pennsylvania State University, M.A., Marywood College, Ph.D., Marywood University | Courses: Psychology of Adjustment, Applied Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences, Introduction to Abnormal Psychology, Adolescent Development, Life Span Psychology, Early Child Development, Psychological Aspects of Social Issues, Advanced Experimental Design | Academic Areas: Human Development/Counseling Psychology | Specialty Areas: Adolescent Psychopathology, Assessment, Program Evaluation, Advanced Statistical Computing

Marion G. Mason, Professor

  • 2140 McCormick Center | 570-389-4910 | Education: A.A., Oklahoma City Community College, B.S., Southern Nazarene University; M.A., Ph.D., Ohio State University | Director of the Aging Studies and Gerontology Minor | Courses: General Psychology, Theory and Practice of Academic Psychology, Adulthood and Aging, Principles of Gerontology, Life Span Psychology | Academic Areas: Adult Development, Aging, and Gerontology | Research Areas: Older Adults and Social Media, College Student and Older Adult (intergenerational) Interactions

Eric Stouffer, Associate Professor

  • 2142 McCormick Center | 570-389-4473 | Education: A.A., Hagerstown Community College; B.A., Shepherd University; M.A., Towson University; Ph.D., McGill University | Courses: Psychology of Learning, Applied Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences, Experimental Psychology: Methodology, Experimental Psychology: Applications, Behavioral Neuroscience | Academic areas: Learning, Experimental Psychology, Behavioral Neuroscience | Research areas: My research focuses on the brain structures and systems that underlie latent learning (the unintentional acquisition of neutral environmental information that does not immediately influence behavior) and memory in rats. I am also very interested in changes in learning and memory during aging, as well as possible treatments for age-related declines in learning and memory, such as diet and physical exercise.

Joseph G. Tloczynski, Professor

  • 2117 McCormick Center | 570-389-4472 | Education: B.A., Bloomsburg State College; M.A., West Chester University; Ph.D., Lehigh University | Courses Taught: General Psychology, Psychology of Adjustment, Applied Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences, Theories of Personality, Principles of Behavior Modification, Psychology Seminar in "Psychology of Religion and Spirituality", Psychology Seminar in "Paranormal Psychology" | Research Interests: My research program examines how manipulating our consciousness through meditation, prayer, and/or spirituality can enhance our personality, self-control, stress management, and well-being. My current research looks at the effects of meditation and prayer on spirituality, anxiety, stress, physical well-being, and sense of/modes of control.

John E. Waggoner, Professor

  • 2124 McCormick Center | 570-389-4478 | Education: B.A., Shippensburg State College; M.S., Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University | Courses: History of Psychology, Early Child Development