People

Faculty

Katherine Binder

Chair of Psychology & Education; Professor of Psychology

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.

Katherine Binder

Kathryn Accurso

Visiting Instructor in Psychology and Education; UMass Teaching Associate

Mara Elizabeth Breen

Assistant Professor of Psychology and Education
Mara Breen

William Davis

Visiting Lecturer in Psychology and Education

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?

Photograph of William Davis

Francine Deutsch

Professor of Psychology and Education

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.

Photograph of Francine Deutsch

Amber Douglas

Associate Professor of Psychology and Education; Director of Student Success Initiatives

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.

Amber Douglas

Corey Flanders

Assistant Professor of Psychology and Education

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.

Corey Flanders

Michael Flynn

Director, Mathematics Leadership Program; Visiting Instructor in Psychology & Education

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.

Michael Flynn, Visiting Instructor in Psychology & Education; Director, Mathematics Leadership Program

Sarah Frenette

Director of Early Childhood and Elementary Teacher Licensure Programs; Teacher Licensure Coordinator

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.

Photograph of Sarah Frenette

Amy W. Grillo

Visiting Lecturer in Psychology & Education
Photograph of Amy Grillo

Katherine C. (KC) Haydon

Assistant Professor of Psychology and Education

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.

Katherine C. (KC) Haydon

Gail A. Hornstein

Professor of Psychology and Education

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.

Image of Gail Hornstein.

Jennifer Wallace Jacoby

Class of 1929 Dr. Virginia Apgar Assistant Professor of Education, on leave AY 2017-2018

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.

Jennifer Wallace Jacoby

Sandra M. Lawrence

Professor of Psychology and Education; Chair, Education Division; Director, Middle and Secondary Teacher Licensure Programs
Photograph of Sandra Lawrence

Jennifer Matos

Visiting Lecturer in Psychology and Education
Photograph of Jen Daigle-Matos

Becky Wai-Ling Packard

Director of the Harriet L. and Paul M. Weissman Center for Leadership; Professor of Psychology and Education

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.

Becky Wai-Ling Packard

Lenore Reilly

Senior Advisor to the President and Secretary of the College; Assistant Professor of Education
Lenore Reilly, Senior Advisor to the President and Secretary of the College; Assistant Professor of Psychology and Education

Jared Schwartzer

Assistant Professor of Psychology and Education

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.

Jared Schwartzer, Ph.D. Visiting Assistant Professor

John Tawa

Assistant Professor of Psychology

John Tawa studies the role of race in intergroup interactions; his past research includes studies on how resource competition impacts relations between minority groups, and the influence of racial essentialism on intergroup behaviors. Methodologically, Tawa is interested in directly assessing people's "real-time" behavior through virtual technology. For example, his past research has used the virtual world Second Life to study racial interactions. He is currently developing a study using virtual reality to examine racial bias in police use of lethal force.

John Tawa, Assistant Professor of Psychology

Staff

Natasha Anderson

Laboratory Instructor in Psychology and Education

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.

Photograph of Natasha Anderson

Kathleen (Katie) Byrne

Animal Care Technician

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.

Photograph of Katie Byrne

Jamie Church

Postdoctoral Fellow

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.

Photograph of Jamie Church

Janet Crosby

Academic Department Coordinator

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.

Janet Crosby

Ahren Fitzroy

Postdoctoral Research Associate; Visiting Lecturer in Psychology and Education

Ahren Fitzroy studies auditory and language processing, with an emphasis on plasticity in the underlying neural circuits. He employs behavior, electrophysiology (EEG, ERP, ABR), and neuroimaging (fMRI, DTI) to track auditory learning as it shifts from transient changes in listening to durable changes in the brain. He is particularly interested in overlap between music and speech processing, especially rhythmic perception. At Mount Holyoke, Fitzroy assists Mara Breen in managing the CAPSlab; he also maintains a position at UMass Amherst investigating effects of sleep on learning in the Cognition & Action Lab.

Photograph of Ahren Fitzroy

Janelle L. Gagnon

Laboratory Director & Instructor in Psychology and Education

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.  Her research interests include studying how various social identities such as race and social class shape students’ experiences attending Mount Holyoke College. 

Photograph of Janelle Gagnon

Nicole Gilbert Cote

Lab Instructor in Psychology and Education/Professional and Graduate Education (PaGE) Instructor

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.

Sruti Kanthan

Laboratory Coordinator

Sruti Kanthan works as the lab coordinator in Dr. Haydon's Relationships, Attachment, and Development Lab. Her duties include assisting with participant recruitment, data collection, coding, and analysis in the current study investigating the relationship between self-regulation, conflict, and sleep disruption. Additionally, she manages the data collection calendar, oversees interview transcription, assists with annual reports and documentation, and coordinates undergraduate research assistant schedules. Her research interests involve developmental influences on romantic relationship conflict and psycholinguistics.

Cheryl Lavigne

Laboratory Director & Instructor in Psychology and Education

Cheryl Lavigne'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. Lavigne's teaching philosophy combines her passion for research with in-depth classroom discussions and hands-on activities that, hopefully, demystify scientific investigation.

Photograph of Cheryl Lee

Cheryl McGraw

Academic Department Coordinator
Photograph of Cheryl McGraw

Eloise Nimocks

Senior Research Associate

Eloise Nimocks works as a lab manager in Kathy Binder's Reading Comprehension lab. In addition to heading the analysis of eye-tracking data, she also assists with data collection in the Reading and Cognition lab. She is interested in how standardized assessments can be used to best reflect the abilities and strategies of students at varying reading levels.

Kathryn Tremblay

Senior Research Associate

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.

Photograph of Kat Tremblay