Kathy Binder is keenly interested in how adults with low literacy skills learn to read. She has examined how these readers use various “codes” of language - phonological codes (sounds), orthographic codes (spelling patterns), and morphological codes (roots and affixes). She examines how these codes influence spelling, vocabulary, and comprehension abilities. Binder teaches a CBL course in which her students become adult literacy tutors to better understand readers’ strengths and weaknesses. This work has been funded by the NIH and IES.
Mara Elizabeth Breen
William Davis' research examines the big questions of how people make sense of their place in the world and understand who they truly are. He is particularly interested in examining how and when authenticity promotes and sometimes suppresses well-being. He also studies the dynamics of meaning in life judgments — What information do people use when making these judgments, and how can we explain that subjective experience?
Francine Deutsch is interested in topics related to gender equality, especially the division of domestic labor. Deutsch’s book, Halving it all: How equally shared parenting works, explored how couples re-invented parenting by sharing it equally. Her current projects include a global study of couples who equally share family work, and a series of studies on the educational trajectories of preschool teachers. She is also supervising an honors thesis that entails a longitudinal study of how Mount Holyoke alums’ expectations for an egalitarian life fare 13 years after graduation.
Amber Douglas is a licensed clinical psychologist. She teaches courses related to psychological distress, mental health, trauma, resilience and research methods. Her work lies at the intersection of social psychology and clinical psychology, specifically the interactions between social contexts and individual differences. She examines the impact of traumatic stress on cognitive processes, interpersonal health, and mental health in her work. In addition, Douglas investigates how race and other aspects of identity intersect with one’s appraisal and experience of stress, trauma and psychological well-being. Most recently, her work examines the role of psychological distress and resilience in academic contexts.
Corey Flanders’ research interests focus on issues of identity and health equity, particularly as they relate to the experiences of queer and trans people. She uses qualitative and quantitative approaches together with community-based research principles to understand how structural, community and individual factors like stigma and social support may impact people’s health and other lived experiences.
Mike Flynn leads the Master of Arts in Mathematics Teaching program. Flynn's latest book, Beyond Answers: Exploring Mathematical Practices with Young Children centers on creating interactive and engaging online learning. He also designed the dynamic hybrid learning model which blends on-campus and online students for live, interactive learning in mathematic classrooms. Flynn also travels around the country providing professional learning experiences for K-8 teachers.
Sarah Frenette is an early childhood educator, and a teacher educator. She serves as the Director of Early Childhood and Elementary Teacher Education and is the Coordinator of Teacher Licensure for Five Colleges, Inc. She takes pride in working with pre-service teachers that aspire to teach learners of all ages, backgrounds and abilities. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in literacy, inclusion, curriculum design and reflective practice. Frenette is also the track chair for the Education Policy and Practice Nexus. She learns something new about teaching and learning, and about herself each day.
Amy W. Grillo
Katherine C. (KC) Haydon
KC Haydon investigates why we behave the way we do in our closest relationships. Taking a developmental perspective, Haydon studies how relationships in earlier life contribute to how adults navigate conflict with their romantic partners. She also investigates why some partners’ thoughts, feelings, behavior, and stress responses become linked over time. Most recently, her team began a study of links between conflict and sleep to determine why some people are more susceptible to sleep disruption following interpersonal stress than others. Broadly, Haydon’s research aims to identify ways that adults’ capacity for self-regulation emerges from early interpersonal experiences and contributes to the quality and course of close relationships across the lifespan.
Gail A. Hornstein
Gail Hornstein’s research focuses on the history and practice of 20th-century psychology, psychiatry, and psychoanalysis; the psychotherapy of psychosis; first-person narratives of madness; and the psychiatric survivor movement. Unlike most scholars who study psychopathology, she has always been as interested in the ideas of those with first-hand experience as in doctors’ theories, and her research and teaching highlight the contributions that people with lived experience can make to understanding psychology. She works closely with psychiatric survivor groups, is actively involved in training and research to expand the Hearing Voices Network in the US, and speaks widely about mental health issues across the US, UK, and Europe.
Jennifer Wallace Jacoby
Jennifer Wallace Jacoby is an education researcher with an extensive professional background as a public school teacher. Her research is focused on supporting teachers to develop language and literacy skills among groups of linguistically diverse children. Jacoby and her students conduct mixed-methods research in local early childhood and elementary school classrooms. She teaches courses in education and child development. Jacoby is also a National Board certified teacher who taught grades K through 2 in Oakland and East Palo Alto, California.
Becky Wai-Ling Packard
Becky Wai-Ling Packard's expertise in the areas of mentoring and diversity, examining how individuals from underrepresented groups persist in their career plans and how organizations can improve their climate. She has conducted professional workshops, designed programs, and assessed climate for numerous organizations. Packard has particular expertise in STEM persistence, with a book, over 30 published articles, and over a million dollars in funding to support her work. The founding director of the teaching and learning program, and an educational psychologist by training, Packard uses community-based partnerships and case scenarios to create relevant and authentic experiences for students.
Sandra M. Lawrence
Using preclinical models, Jared Schwartzer studies the interaction of the immune system and nervous system during brain development in utero, and the effects of these interactions on behavior during postnatal development. Much of his research is inspired by clinical and epidemiological trends observed in individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders. In the Schwartzer Lab, specialized techniques from neuroimmunology and behavioral neuroscience come together to explore how changes in the mother’s immune system influence social behavior in offspring.
Natasha meets with students who need help with statistics in psychology and the SPSS software program. She also attends the lectures and labs to assist students and provides support for the lecturer. Anderson trained as a music therapist and worked with a team to research and develop Best Practices for working with LGBTQ clients.
Kathleen (Katie) Byrne
Katie Byrne is responsible for the care of animals in the Psychology and Biology departments, including mice, rats, and various aquatics. She is particularly interested in the complexity of the mind.
Jamie helps design, conduct, and analyze data from experiments in Jared Schwartzer's lab. She also mentors undergraduate researchers in the Schwartzer lab in regards to both research projects and professional development. Her research interests include how the environment, diet, and exercise influence interactions between the nervous and immune systems.
Janet Crosby is the Academic Department Coordinator for Psychology and Education. She manages the budget, purchasing, online course catalog submissions, events, awards, the Reese building and all the daily needs of faculty and majors. She also informally advises majors about the requirements of the major and supervises students who work in the department office. She has been in this job since 1993.
Janelle L. Gagnon
Janelle serves as a research consultant for the Department of Psychology and Education. As part of this role, she provides both qualitative and quantitative research support to honors projects and co-teaches the Seminar in Psychological Research. Additionally, she serves as the SONA Administrator and is responsible for advertising student and faculty research on campus. Lastly, she is the course manager for Introduction to Psychology. As a doctoral candidate at American International College, her research interests include studying how various social identities such as race and social class shape students’ experiences attending Mount Holyoke College.
Nicole Gilbert Cote
Nicole Gilbert Cote teaches three sections of the Research Methods labs and provides behind-the-scenes support for Statistics. She also teaches summer courses through PaGE, including Introduction to Psychology and Social Psychology. Gilbert Cote is a social psychologist by training and her early research focused on gender stereotypes and construction. While working as a Research Associate with Dr. Kathy Binder, she studied literacy skills among children and adults learning to read.
Cheryl Lee's primary interests in the area of psychology involve the processes of learning – particularly as these processes pertain to literacy development. In addition, she is passionate about scientific investigation and research methodology. From the planning and development phases to data analysis and presentation, scientific research inspires, stimulates, and motivates her career. Lee's teaching philosophy combines her passion for research with in-depth classroom discussions and hands-on activities that, hopefully, demystify scientific investigation.
Kat Tremblay manages Kathy Binder's Reading and Cognition Lab. Her responsibilities include supervising Kathy Binder's student research assistants and those working on independent studies and theses, coordinating data collection and tutoring placements at various ABE (Adult Basic Education) programs and schools in the area, and managing certain aspects of Kathy Binder's NIH Grant. Tremblay's research interests include literacy skills in adult basic education students as compared to other populations.
Using an insect model of coevolution, Karen Hollis studies the predator-prey relationship between larval antlions, insects that capture prey in carefully constructed pit traps, and ants, which often stumble into those traps. Hollis and her students have shown that antlions can learn to anticipate prey arrival, providing them with an enormous predatory advantage. On the other side of this competition, some species of ants not only are able to rescue nestmates that fall into antlion pits using precisely directed and highly sophisticated maneuvers, but also learn to avoid pits after a single encounter with antlions. Currently, Hollis is investigating the genetic mediation of ants’ rescue behavior: It seems that some fathers produce kinder daughters.
Will J. Millard
Patricia Ramsey's research and teaching are focused on early social and attitudinal development. Along with her students, she has studied many aspects of young children's peer relationships: how they initiate contact, resolve conflicts, avoid cross-sex peers, and show concern for each other. They also studied how children develop early attitudes about gender, race, and social class and how teaching from a multicultural perspective affects children's early awareness and attitudes about groups of people that are unfamiliar to them. In addition, she is interested in the effects of media on children’s attitudes and children’s awareness of the natural environment.
Robert B. Shilkret
Robert Shilkret has specialized in personality development and abnormal psychology. His research focus has been exploring how students develop, accomplish goals and overcome unconscious obstructions. He is also interested in the connection between early parenting experiences and college adjustment.