From the Chair

Greetings from the Psychology Department! As fall approaches and we are all beginning to settle in to the rhythm of a new semester, this is the perfect time to reach out and say hello to our alumni around the world.

I began serving as department chair this summer, after Kathy Cain completed six years in the position. We are all so grateful to Kathy for her tireless work on behalf of the department. In addition to the usual (and as I am learning, numerous!) chair responsibilities, Kathy guided us through a two-year long external review process that resulted in a very positive evaluation of our department and curriculum. Indeed, the psychology department is going strong, thanks to the hard work of our students and faculty, as well as the support of our alums. You’ll see below that the past year has been a busy one for our faculty, with new publications, conference presentations, books, and even a baby! We continue to be one of the largest majors on campus, graduating approximately 50 majors each year. Over the last two years, more than 20 of our students have attended national conferences or co-authored conference presentations with faculty, and students have appeared as co-authors on faculty publications 22 times. This past summer six students conducted summer research funded either through our Shand fellowship or the new Cross-Disciplinary Sciences Institute at Gettysburg College, and many more students continue to work in our labs during the year as research assistants, independent study students, and research interns. Our hallway on the third floor of McCreary is papered over with poster presentations from last year’s campus-wide Celebration of student research, including the winners of Psi Chi’s annual poster contest (listed below).

We continue to be impressed by the wonderful and varied ways that our alums put their psychology degrees to work. Every time I browse the list of alumni updates (below) I am reminded of the many doors that can be opened with a strong background in psychology. Our alumni pursue graduate work in all areas of experimental, clinical, and applied psychology as well as law and medicine; they work as teaching and research assistants; they pursue careers in financial services, sales, marketing and recruiting. Please keep adding to our list! We love hearing news of our alums, and our current students also benefit from hearing about ways that you use your degrees. So please keep in touch by sending updates to Carolyn Tuckey ( or to any of your former faculty. We would love to hear from you, no matter how long it’s been since you’ve graduated. And of course, if you are ever passing through Gettysburg, either for homecoming or at any other time, please stop in for a visit!

Homecoming Colloquium

If you’re in Gettysburg for Homecoming, we hope you will join us in welcoming back David J. Hauser, PhD, our featured speaker for the Annual Psychology Homecoming Colloquium, Friday, October 4th at 3:30 pm in Bowen Auditorium, McCreary Hall room 115. David graduated from Gettysburg College in 2008. He has since served as Senior Data Analyst for the NYC Criminal Justice Agency, earned his PhD from the University of Michigan in 2017, and completed a Postdoctoral Research Associateship at USC in 2018. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Personality-Social Psychology at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.

David’s main area of research focuses upon how seemingly-minor aspects of communication impact reasoning and behavior. During his talk entitled, “The War on Prevention: How Battle Metaphors Impact Beliefs and Behaviors About Cancer,” David will discuss his research on how battle metaphors (e.g., “the war on cancer”, “foods that fight cancer”, “malignant tumor”) influence the health beliefs of non-patients in ways that may make them less willing to enact healthy behaviors. The history of these metaphors in cancer discourse will be reviewed, and implications for public health will be discussed.

Samuel A. Mudd Psychology Award

Congratulations to Bailey (Jason) Heath who received the Samuel A. Mudd Psychology Award during Spring Honors Day this past May. This award, established by Paul M. Muchinsky ’69 in honor of his former mentor, Sam Mudd ’57, is presented to a graduating senior psychology major who has demonstrated a high level of personal integrity and outstanding scholarship. Bailey was valedictorian of his class, graduating summa cum laude, and Phi Beta Kappa, with a double major in psychology and mathematics. Bailey credits his four years at Gettysburg College as being the most challenging, rewarding, and transformative of his life.

Bailey served in several significant capacities during his years at Gettysburg, most notably, as a member of the Honor Commission all four years, including two year-long terms as co-chair, and a resident assistant/residence Coordinator position for three years. It was through these experiences that Bailey found a passion for mentoring and grew tremendously as a leader while making the college a safe and welcoming space for all. He was recognized for his service by receiving an East Quad Residential and First Year Programs Staff Member of the Year Award; a Linnaean Award; the chance to speak at Experience Gettysburg, introducing the first-year class to the Honor Code during orientation; and, the opportunity to address accepted Lincoln Scholars on Get Acquainted Day. In addition to the Samuel A. Mudd Psychology Award, Bailey also received the Earl E. Ziegler Senior Mathematics Award and the John M. Colestock Student Leadership Award.

During his time as a psychology major, Bailey always felt supported and valued by the psychology faculty. He worked closely with Dr. Christopher Barlett in the Aggression Research Lab, including the summer of 2018 through an X-SIG (Cross-Disciplinary Science Institute at Gettysburg) fellowship, which led to four publications. He is extremely grateful for the education, opportunities, and relationships he gained as a member of the Gettysburg College psychology department, which he foresees will aid him in his quest to achieve his goal of becoming a member of the Gettysburg College mathematics department. He is currently studying for a PhD in mathematics at The University of South Carolina. We wish him all the best for the future!

’19 - Prizes and Awards

Congratulations to Alyssa Beyer, Celeste Campbell, Caroline DeWitt, Kaitlin Lewin, Emma Mugford, Stella Nicolaou, and Nadia Romero Nardelli who graduated with Psychology Department Honors. Psychology majors receiving departmental honors from other departments include Bailey Heath (Mathematics), Rebekah Hurwitz (Organization/Management Studies), Caroline DeWitt (Public Policy), and Celeste Campbell & Stella Nicolaou (Spanish). Graduating Phi Beta Kappa were Alyssa Beyer, Celeste Campbell, Caroline DeWitt, Bailey Heath, Abigail Morelli, Emma Mugford, and Stella Nicolaou. Stella was also the psychology department banner carrier; Kaitlin Lewin carried the banner for neuroscience, and Celeste Campbell carried the Spanish department banner. Additional awards were given to Rebekah Hurwitz (John Edgar Baublitz Pi Lambda Sigma Award), Colton Hott (Suzanne Elizabeth Clark Award), Bailey Heath (John M. Colestock Student Leadership Award and the Earl F. Ziegler Junior & Senior Mathematics Awards), Celeste Campbell & Stella Nicolaou (Sor Junana Ines de la Cruz Awards in Spanish), and Caroline DeWitt (Franklin Moore Award, the Psi Chi Junior Award, and the Linda Y. Welsh Prize for Excellence in Education). There were two majors from the class of 2020 who also received awards: Danielle Kupersmith, (co-recipient of the Toni Morrison-Wole Soyinka Africana Studies Essay Award) and Hannah Wevodau (J. Andrew Marsh Memorial Award).

2019 Psi Chi Poster contest winners:

1st place: Wynter Tremlett ‘19- Disordered eating, social media, and self-compassion in college women.

2nd place: Nicole Buckley ’19 - Internal and external gay life stressors, perceived burdensomeness, and thwarted belongingness in the LGBQ community.

3rd place: Brittany Maronna ‘19, Stella Nicolaou ‘19, and Sarah Kirkpatrick ‘20 - The effects of ketamine on social avoidance in F344 and SD rats.

Nick Grout award for overall creativity - Thao Hoang ’19 & Daniela Gonzales ‘20 - "Sniff This": Effects of odor hedonics and labeling on chocolate craving reduction.

Updates from Alums

Andrew Mickley, PhD ’70 – Founding chair of the neuroscience program and emeritus professor at Baldwin Wallace

University; was executive director of Nu Rho Psi, the national honor society in neuroscience, until 2016; continues to do some teaching at Wofford College, SC.

David Hauser ’08 – PhD from University of Michigan, Assistant professor of social/personality psychology, Queens University.

Gretchen (Michelson) Carlson ’09 – Has a PhD in critical comparative studies in music from the University of Virginia; currently an adjunct assistant professor in music at the Gettysburg College Sunderman Conservatory.

Tyreen Sims ’10 – Teaching 3rd and 4th grade science at Success Academy, Harlem 2.

Valerie Martin ’11 – College counselor, Bullis School, Potomac, MD; formerly worked in our admissions office.

Sophie Schwinn ’11 – Earning masters in gastronomy at Boston University, and working at Taza Chocolate, Somerville, MA and Boston Harbor Distillery in Dorchester, MA.

Ellen Shupe ’11 - Pursuing masters in counseling psychology, University of Denver.

Jennifer (Ducz) Causey ’11 – Earned her masters in psychology at the City University of New York; currently working full-time as an institutional research analyst at The Catholic University of America.

Derik Yager-Elorriaga ’12 – Has a PhD in counseling psychology from the University of Oklahoma, specializing in multicultural counseling; currently a staff psychologist in Counseling and Psychological Services , University of Pennsylvania.

Nicole Burns ’12 – Attending Medical School at the University of Kansas School of Medicine.

Rachael Ward ’12 – Formerly with Teach for America; earned a masters in public policy at Georgetown University and now works in affordable housing development with The Community Builders in DC.

Pembroke Emanuelson ’12 - Attending law school at American University.

Lucien Ryan ’12 – Earned MS and EdS in mental health counseling from Indiana University; working for Hope Haven, a Catholic Charities organization that provides residential drug and alcohol abuse treatment.

Christiana Martin ’13 – Formerly a research assistant at NIH; now in a PhD program in clinical/developmental psychology at The University of Delaware.

Danielle Hernandez ’15 – PhD program in school psychology at Indiana University, Bloomington.

Bella (Isabella) Schiro ’15 – In a PsyD program at Loyola University, MD.

Benjamin O. Rodgers ’15 – MS program in clinical and counseling psychology at Chestnut Hill College.

Sarah Van De Weert ’16 – Pursuing an MA in psychology at American University.

Kyra McFadden ’16 – Therapeutic staff support and a graduate student in counseling at Lehigh University.

Justina Molokwu ’16 – Management Associate at M & T Bank, Baltimore, MD.

Anna Stewart ’16 – Pursuing a master of science in speech-language pathology at Arizona State University.

Joshua Rubinstein ’16 – DO (Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Erie, PA.

Kim Ryan ’16 – Masters of Social Work program at the University of Pennsylvania.

Class of 2017

Kristina Chamberlin – PhD in Social Psychology, Florida State University.

Jennifer Milore – MS in Counseling and Clinical Health Psychology, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Laura Kowalik – MA in forensic and legal psychology, Marymount University, Arlington, VA.

Katherine Aloisi – Psy.D. Program in School-Clinical Child Psychology at Pace University.

Sarah Kramer – Villanova University's Master of Science program in general/experimental psychology.

Colleen Kolb – Associate Professor Manager, Hobart and William Smith, Center for Global Education. Also pursuing an M.S.Ed

in Educational Leadership/Higher Education (international education track), Old Dominion University.

Fanghui Zhao – Pursuing a Ph.D. in Counselor Education & Supervision at Penn State, after completing her Masters in Mental Health Counseling at Boston College.

Charlotte Triebl – MSEd. in Early Childhood Education, University of Pennsylvania, Grad School of Education.

Allison Cole – MS in clinical mental health counseling, Plymouth State University.

Oluwatobi Justina Molokwu – Management Development Program Trainee, M & T Bank.

Carlin Baker – Investment Operations Assistant, Cambridge Associates, Arlington, VA.

Amy Violante – PhD in school psychology at the University of Montana.

Dave Trombetta – Masters in experimental psychology, St. Joseph’s University, Philadelphia.

Alexandra Casella – Enrolled in a masters in applied behavior analysis at Western New England University; also works with autistic children.

Emily Patterson – Program Specialist, Amazing Kids Club, TrueNorth Wellness Services, Hanover, PA.

Cayla Kusnierz – Masters in Speech-Language Pathology (SLP), Touro College.

Thomas J. (TJ) Lazo – Teach for America, K-6 Special Education, Greater Cleveland Area.

Angelina Zulick – Masters in clinical mental health counseling, Medaille College.

Tess Anderson – Pursuing a degree in nursing at Yale, after working as a Postgrad Research Associate in Mood

and Anxiety Disorders at the Yale School of Medicine.

Caitlin Sharp – Research Assistant for Yale’s Schizophrenia Neuropharmacology Research Group.

Ember Parker – Masters in School Counseling, Boston College Lynch School of Education.

Katherine Gilbert – Financial Services Representative, T. Rowe Price.

Class of 2018

Alexa Arnold – Doctorate of Occupational Therapy, Thomas Jefferson University.

Elizabeth Delianites – Teacher’s Assistant at the Therapy and Learning Center, Brooklyn, NY.

Casey Eck – BSN and MSN at University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing.

Caroline Morgan Groce – Working on the Sales Desk at Lord Abbett, an investment management firm.

Danielle Boyland – Pursuing Child Life Specialist certification through Child Life Council.

Emily Wilcox - Pennsylvania College Advising Corps – advising at Waynesboro High School.

Douglas Kowalewski – Social/Personality PhD program – State University of New York, Albany.

Cynthia Filgueira – Masters in Clinical Psychology – Columbia University.

Kaitlyn Helmstetter – PhD in Social Psychology, University of Kansas.

Qiqi Mei – Masters of International Educational Development, Columbia University Teacher’s College.

Natalie Purinton – Teaching English in Spain for one year and then pursuing a career in Impact Investing.

Julia Cranna – Inside Sales Associate, Dell EMC, Boston, MA.

Alison Gorab – Masters in counseling, New York University.

Katherine Willis – Masters in education, University of Notre Dame; teaching in CA during the school year.

Mary Beth Bielicki – PhD in Psychology (Behavioral Neuroscience concentration), University of Delaware.

Ha Nguyen – Masters in Behavioral Decision Sciences, University of Pennsylvania.

Nora Tidey – J.D., James E. Beasley School of Law, Temple University.

Emma Shaughnessy – PhD in Clinical Psychology (Disaster Psychology concentration), University of South Dakota.

Taylor Ward – National College Advising Corps; eAdvisor for low income & first generation students, Lancaster, PA.

Katherine Gilbert – Financial Services Representative @ T. Rowe Price.

Sara Cooney – Market Research Analyst for IPSOS, New York City.

Blair Cox – Junior Laboratory Associate in the Social Perception, Action and Motivation Lab, Department of Psychology, New York University.

Jillian Glazer – Study Coordinator/Research Assistant, University of Virginia School of Medicine.

Casey Trattner – MSW, Columbia School of Social Work.

Class of 2019:

Wynter Tremlett – MSW University of New Hampshire.

Raechyl Thieringer – Member Advocate for PURE Insurance.

Alexa Bushey – Teach for America Corps Member, Philadelphia, PA, preK – 4 (special education).

Haley Gluhanich – Michigan State University College of Law.

Emily Redmond – Solutions Analyst, Deloitte Consulting, Mechanicsburg, PA.

Arianna Bacon – Recruiter for Beacon Hill Staffing Co, in DC.

Ellie DeWitt – University of Pennsylvania – PhD program in education policy.

Nina Imperatore – Working with Active Dogs LLC, Greenwich, CT.

Jean Van Buren – Masters in Speech Language Pathology, The George Washington University.

Nicole Buckley – Clinical Research Specialist, Brain Imaging and PTSD Analysis Laboratory, Duke University.

Tess Mistretta – Teaching Assistant for the SITE (Study, Intercultural Training, and Experience) program, Lombardy, Italy.

Bailey Heath – PhD in mathematics at The University of South Carolina.

Rebekah Hurwitz – Working for the DIS study abroad program in the Student Affairs Office, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Emma Mugford – Programs/Education Coordinator, Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Washington, DC.

Zhijie (Larry) Zhang – Public Relations/Performance Planning, BlueNote Shanghai.

Colton Hott – Herbologist, Herbology in Gettysburg.

Celeste Campbell – Research Assistant at Statistics Collaborative, Inc., Washington, DC.

Shannon Gaffney – Client Service Associate for Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, NYC.

Faculty News

Rebecca Fincher-Kiefer finished a book project last year on embodied cognition, titled, “How the Body Shapes Knowledge: Empirical Support for Embodied Cognition”. This book explores the theory that Becca has taught in her advanced laboratory course in cognition for the last several years. So, for those students who enjoyed the class and enjoyed the research that was presented and discussed, Becca sends out a hearty thank-you, because your interest fueled the writing of a book detailing support for this theory (there are other books on embodied cognition but none from an experimental psychology perspective)!

Here’s a brief summary from the publisher (APA):

“If you are leaning back in your chair, are you more likely to think about the past than the future? When you say that someone “leaves me cold,” do you literally feel cold? What role does the body play in our perceptions of the world? Is the mind a calculating machine, or are our thoughts and emotions “grounded” in specific, felt, bodily experience? Questions like these have long driven research in embodied cognition, a theory of mental functioning that has gained increasing prominence in recent decades. In this book, Rebecca Fincher-Kiefer examines a wealth of evidence, including behavioral studies supported by neuroscientific findings, which suggests that our representations of the world are “grounded” in sensory and physical experience and the neural pathways that were used when we initially experienced those concepts. A “reuse” of these same neural pathways, according to embodiment theory, is therefore what constitutes thinking.”

After receiving the initial cover art that was particularly troublesome to Becca (why a big ear on the cover? Or an anatomically correct, very muscular skeleton?), here is the cover, which was at least more aesthetically appealing!

Brian Meier published several papers and was quite happy about a particular paper he published with Eric Osorio (‘16) in Medical Decision Making (A Behavioral Confirmation and Reduction of the Natural versus Synthetic Drug Bias). Brian was interviewed about this naturalness bias research on the Harrisburg, PA National Public Radio Station show Smart T

alk: Brian, his wife Courtney, and their three-year old daughter, Cali, had fun over the summer at the beach in Stone Harbor, NJ and at other fun places like Hershey Park, the Crayola Factory, and lots of arcades and playgrounds 😊.

Chris Barlett continues to have an active research lab testing the variables that predict aggression and cyberbullying. He recently published a book on theoretical advances in cyberbullying. Natalie Barlett started a line of research testing the psychological outcomes of social media use. Chris and Natalie also welcomed Andrew Barlett on May 8, 2019. Eric (7 years old) and Jace (4 years old) love their younger brother and all three keep Chris and Natalie busy.

This year Kathy Berenson presented research with Jill Glazer ’18, Stella Nicolaou ’19, and Cindy Campoverde ’20 on “positivity” culture as a risk factor for mental health problems in young adults. She is looking forward to teaching a new seminar, this spring, called “Applied clinical science: Helping people change”.

Nathalie Goubet and Dan McCall published a paper on how American and French children and adults associate odors and colors. Most recently, they have been investigating elementary school children’s perception of the esthetics of foods. In the past few years, Nathalie developed a new course on Resilience in children, and presented with Tyler Keohan ’20 and Kasey Higgins ’20 new research on the awareness of the effects of trauma on health at the Association for Psychological Science in DC last May. Their son, Leo, is a senior in high school and his college search is stressing out his parents!

Kathy Cain is thrilled to be a full-time faculty member again, and she’s grateful to Dan McCall for moving so seamlessly and skillfully into the chair position. This year, in addition to a first year seminar and her advanced lab, Kathy is teaching Psych 101 for the first time since 1997 – and she’s loving it! Last spring, with Barbara Benowitz ’20, Blair Cox ’18, Kaleigh Johnson ’18, Colleen Kolb ’17, Taylor Ward ’18, and Danish colleague Maja Sbahi Biehl, Kathy presented research on religious identity development in Danish Muslim youth at the Society for Research in Child Development in Baltimore. She is also a co-author, with Sahana Mukherjee, on a forthcoming article by Amy Violante ’17 on children’s and adult’s judgments of American-ness. Kathy’s three children graduated from three different liberal arts colleges in 2017. Kathy and her husband Karl are enjoying seeing their “kids” adulting and reaping the benefits of their liberal arts educations.

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