People

The Psychology Department has seven tenure track faculty plus a laboratory lecturer, as well as a number of part-time adjunct faculty members. Six major areas of psychological science (biological, learning, cognitive, social, developmental, and clinical) are represented by the Department's full-time faculty. Because of the clinical and developmental focus of our graduate program, we have two clinical and two developmental psychologists.

Bryn Mawr Psychology faculty have breadth and excellence of academic training and a high degree of professional accomplishment in their respective fields. All full-time faculty in the Psychology department maintain active research programs in which they involve students. They also share a commitment to the basic value of a liberal arts education as the foundation for all professional work. In addition, they all possess the ability to be generalists who can teach and conduct high quality research in a broader spectrum of psychological areas than might be found among individuals in a large research university.




Professors:

Kimberly Wright Cassidy, Ph.D - developmental psychology
Clark R. McCauley, Ph.D. - social psychology
Leslie Rescorla, Ph.D., Director of the Child Study Institute - clinical developmental psychology
Marc Schulz, Ph.D., Director of the Clinical Developmental Psychology Program - clinical developmental psychology
Anjali Thapar, Ph.D., Department Chair- cognitive psychology
Earl Thomas, Ph.D, Advisor NBS concentration - biological psychology
Robert H. Wozniak, Ph.D. - developmental psychology


Visiting Assistant Professor:

Louisa Egan Brad, Ph.D.

Senior Lecturer:
Paul Neuman, Ph.D. - behavior analysis


Secretary:
Ann Ogle, Bettws-y-Coed

 


 

About the professors:

 

Kimberly Wright Cassidy (B.A., Swarthmore College, 1985; Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 1993) is a developmental psychologist with a focus on cognition and education. Professor Cassidy is certified as a teacher at the elementary, middle school, and high school levels. Her research interests include the development of children's theories about the minds of others; the link between theory of mind, social information processing, and aggressive behavior in young children; gender stereotyping in preschoolers; and the role of phonological and prosodic information in language acquisition.  Professor Cassidy is also the President of the College.

 

Louisa Egan Brad (B.A. Swarthmore College; Ph.D. Yale University) studies everyday irrationality.  Why do we so often fail to engage in the type of thinking that, knowing what we know, would most likely help us achieve our goals? To what degree is irrationality a part of who we are, and how do experience and culture affect irrationality?  How does our sense of self contribute to our failures to behave rationally?  Her approach combines methods from developmental, social, comparative, and cross-cultural psychology. 

Clark McCauley (B.S., Providence College, 1965; Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 1970) is a social psychologist. He has research interests in social cognition, individual differences, and health psychology. Current research topics include attractions of horror movies, individual differences in sensitivity to disgust, and the psychology of identification. Professor McCauley serves as Co-Director of the Solomon Asch Center for the Study of Ethnopolitical Conflict at the University of Pennsylvania.

Paul Neuman (Senior Laboratory Lecturer) (B.A., Antioch College, 1985; Ph.D., Temple University, 1996) is a behavior analytically oriented experimental psychologist with interests in choice behavior, awareness, and verbal behavior. He also has extensive experience in applied behavior analysis, having worked with autistic children, conduct-disordered adolescents, and developmentally disabled adults.

 

Leslie A. Rescorla ( B.A., Radcliffe College, 1967; Ph.D., Yale University, 1976) is a licensed and school certified psychologist. Her research interests are the epidemiology and outcome of language delay in toddlers; longitudinal patterns of academic aptitude and achievement; and empirically based assessment and longitudinal study of psychopathology and competence in children, adolescents, and adults. Professor Rescorla received her clinical training at Yale Child Study Center, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and Philadelphia Child Guidance Center. She is currently Director of the School Psychology program, and Director of the Bryn Mawr Child Study Institute and the Thorne Early Childhood Programs. Her clinical practice involves psychological assessment, early childhood evaluation, individual and family therapy, and family-school consultation.

 

Marc Schulz (Program Director) (B.A. Amherst College, 1984; Ph.D. University of California at Berkeley, 1994) is a clinical psychologist. His current research includes a multi-method approach (e.g., observational, psychophysiological, and self-report) to studying the process of regulating negative emotions, the consequences of emotion regulation and expression for individual and relationship well-being, and the effects of marital conflict on children. Professor Schulz is a licensed psychologist who received his clinical training at Boston Children's Hospital, Massachusetts Mental Health Center, and Harvard Medical School. He is a staff psychologist at Bryn Mawr's Child Study Institute, where he works with children, adolescents, and couples and supervises students.  He is also currently Director of the Clinical Developmental Psychology Program.

 

Anjali Thapar (B.A. Case Western Reserve University, 1990; Ph.D. Case Western Reserve University, 1994) is a cognitive psychologist. One of her primary research interests is age-related differences in perception, attention, frontal lobe functioning, and memory, using models of information processing. Her other major research focus is on the processes underlying memory performance, with current projects investigating memory illusions and false memories as well as the phenomenon of implicit memory. Professor Thapar serves as Bryn Mawr's representative to the Seven Sisters Conference and the Tri-College Faculty Enhancement Program.

 

Earl Thomas (B.A., University of Toronto, 1961; Ph.D., Yale University, 1966) is a biological psychologist specializing in the neurobiology and psychopharmacology of anxiety. He is interested in experimental psychopathology and has done work on animal models of human depression. His other research interests include the neurobiology of learning and memory. Professor Thomas is currently Chair of the Psychology Department.

 

Robert H. Wozniak (B.A., College of the Holy Cross, 1966; Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1971) is a developmental psychologist. His interests are in developmental theory, the social and intellectual history of American psychology, and family processes. Current research focuses on power and gender in family belief and interactional systems, and subcultural variations in family values and their relationship to adolescent, and development of toddlers' imitation and use of novel actions as communicative gestures. Professor Wozniak is widely known for his many writings in the history of psychology.

 

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