Faculty & Staff

Faculty: Robin Akert, Angela Bahns, Linda Carli, Jonathan Cheek, Stephen H. Chen, Christen Deveney, Tracy Gleason, Beth Hennesey, Margaret Keane, Margery Lucas, Julie Norem, Jennie Pyers, Sally Theran, Jeremy Wilmer, Paul Wink

Lecturer: Kyra Kulik-Johnson

Visiting Lecturers: Kristen Fay Poston, Jonathan Adler

Faculty Emerita: Sheila Brachfeld-Child, Nancy Genero

Administrative Assistant: Karen Blake

Research Coordinator: Julia Kim

  • Robin M. Akert

    Robin M. Akert

    Professor of Psychology

    B.A., University of California (Santa Cruz); M.A., Ph.D., Princeton University

    Research in nonverbal communication:  the ability to decode nonverbal cues in social interaction; also interested in the psychological analysis of advertising.


  • Angela Bahns

    Angela Bahns

    Assistant Professor of Psychology

    B.A., Pomona College; M.A., Ph.D., University of Kansas

    Social psychologist doing research on similarity and diversity in friendship networks and the justification of prejudice.


  • Linda Carli

    Linda Carli

    Senior Lecturer in Psychology

    B.A., University of Connecticut; Ph.D., University of Massachusetts (Amherst)

    Interests include women leaders, social influence, gender differences in interaction and influence, and reactions to victimization.


  • Jonathan M. Cheek

    Jonathan M. Cheek

    Professor of Psychology

    B.A., George Washington University; M.A., University of Texas (Austin); Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University

    Professor of Personality Psychology. Research interests include shyness, self-concept, and identity orientations. 


  • Stephen Chen

    Stephen Chen

    Assistant Professor of Psychology

    B.A., Rutgers University; Ph.D., University of California (Berkeley)

    Research explores how culture and family processes influence development and mental health across the lifespan.


  • Christen Deveney

    Christen Deveney

    Assistant Professor of Psychology

    B.A., M.A., Ph.D., Harvard University

    Research explores how aberrant cognitive and emotion regulation processes contribute to the development of psychopathology in children and adults. 


  • Tracy R. Gleason

    Tracy R. Gleason

    Professor of Psychology

    A.B., Dartmouth College; Ph.D., University of Minnesota

    Developmental psychologist studying relationships, real and imagined, with a focus on young children's imaginary companions.


  • Beth Ann Hennessey

    Beth Ann Hennessey

    Professor of Psychology

    A.B., Brown University; M.Ed., Lesley College; Ph.D., Brandeis University

    Former elementary school teacher, now researcher focused on motivation and creativity across cultures.


  • Margaret Keane

    Margaret Keane

    Professor of Psychology

    A.B., Harvard College; Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Psychology Department chair; Interested in exploring the cognitive and neural bases of human memory capacities; teach courses in memory, cognition, and neuropsychology.


  • Margery Lucas

    Margery Lucas

    Professor of Psychology and Cognitive and Linguistic Sciences

    B.S., Pennsylvania State University; M.S., Ph.D., University of Rochester

    My research focuses on economic decision-making from an evolutionary perspective.


  • Julie K. Norem

    Julie K. Norem

    Margaret Hamm Professor of Psychology

    A.B., University of Chicago; Ph.D., University of Michigan

    Teaches personality psychology and optimism & pessimism. Researches strategies people use to pursue goals and how self-knowledge influences adaptation, performance, & social relationships.


  • Jennie E. Pyers

    Jennie E. Pyers

    Associate Professor of Psychology

    B.A., Smith College; Ph.D., University of California (Berkeley)

    Research interests include the relationship between language and cognition, bilingualism, and the psycholinguistics of sign languages.


  • Sally A. Theran

    Sally A. Theran

    Associate Professor of Psychology

    B.A., Bates College; M.A., Ph.D., Michigan State University

    Licensed clinical psychologist investigating risk and resilience factors that protect against developmental psychopathology in childhood and adolescence.


  • Jeremy Wilmer

    Jeremy B. Wilmer

    Associate Professor of Psychology

    B.A., Williams College; Ph.D., Harvard University

    My research probes how individuals think and see differently to illuminate principles of mind and brain and to inform applied work.


  • Paul M. Wink

    Paul M. Wink

    Nellie Zuckerman Cohen & Anne Cohen Heller Professor in Health Sciences; Professor of Psychology

    B.A., M.A., University of Melbourne; Ph.D., University of California (Berkeley)

    Research interests include adult development; positive psychology; religion and spirituality; altruism; narcissism; wisdom; cross-cultural conceptions of the self.


Faculty Emeriti

  • Sheila P. Brachfeld-Child

    Senior Lecturer emerita in Psychology

    B.A., Tufts University; M.A., Boston University; Ph.D., Brandeis University

    Interested in peer interactions in adolescence with a focus on social aggression, especially the representation of social aggression on television and in the movies. Teaches Adolescence and Introduction to Psychology. Has been Director of Medical Professions Advising since 1998.


  • Nancy P. Genero

    Nancy P. Genero

    Associate Professor Emerita of Psychology

    A.B., Cornell University; M.A., Ph.D., University of Michigan (Ann Arbor)

    Interests include applied social psychology, community evaluation research, and basic and advanced statistics.