People

Faculty

Chair of Psychology and Education Department, 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. Kathy 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.

413-538-2105
207C Reese Psychology & Education Building
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Director of the Master of Arts in Teaching Program
413-538-2470
104 Merrill House
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Mara Elizabeth Breen

Assistant Professor of Psychology and Education
413-538-2067
207B Reese Psychology & Education Building
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Jennifer Daigle-Matos

Visiting Lecturer in Psychology and Education
413-538-3510
312 Reese Psychology & Education Building
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William Davis

Visiting Lecturer in Psychology and Education
413-538-2189
309 Reese Psychology and Education Building
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Professor of Psychology and Education
413-538-2107
209A Reese Psychology & Education Building
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Associate Professor of Psychology and Education; Associate Professor of Gender Studies
413-538-2086
311 Reese Psych-Education Building
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Corey Flanders

Assistant Professor of Psychology and Education
413-538-2052
205 Reese Psychology and Education Building
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Michael Flynn

Visiting Instructor in Psychology & Education
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Sarah Frenette

Visiting Instructor in Psychology and Education, Director of Early Childhood and Elementary Teacher Licensure Programs
413-538-3300
313 Reese Psychology & Education Building
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Amy W. Grillo

Visiting Assistant Professor in Psychology and Education
413-538-3560
303B Reese Psychology & Education Building
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Katherine Hanson

Visiting Instructor in Psychology; UMass Teaching Associate
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Assistant Professor in Psychology and Education
413-538-2365
212 Reese Psychology & Education Building
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Professor of Psychology and Education
413-538-2296
103 Reese Psychology & Education Building
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Professor of Psychology and Education

Gail Horstein's research broadly focuses on the history of 20th-century psychology, psychiatry, and psychoanalysis, and has published articles and books on a variety of topics in personality and social psychology.

413-538-2338
303 Reese Psychology and Education Building
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Jennifer Wallace Jacoby

Jennifer Wallace Jacoby

Assistant Professor of Psychology & Education

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.

413-538-2338
303 Reese
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Professor of Psychology and Education; Thematic Minors Co-chair
413-538-2390
206 Reese Psych-Ed Building
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Professor of Psychology and Education
413-538-2076
123A Reese Psychology & Education Building
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Professor of Psychology and Education; Director of the Harriet L. and Paul M. Weissman Center for Leadership
413-538-2841
209B Reese Psychology & Education Building
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Assistant Professor of Psychology and Education; Senior Advisor to the President; Thematic Minors Co-chair
413-538-2189
309 Reese Building
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Jared Schwartzer, Ph.D. Visiting Assistant Professor

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.

413-538-2843
212 Reese Psychology & Education Building
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Staff

Natasha Anderson

Lab 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.

413-538-3683
140 Reese Psychology and Education Building
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Kathleen (Katie) Byrne

Animal Care Technician
413-538-2262
315A Reese Psychology and Education Building
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Jamie Church

Postdoctoral Fellow
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Janet Crosby

Academic Department Coordinator
413-538-2422
303A Reese Psychology and Education Building
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Ahren Fitzroy

Lab Manager
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Janelle L. Gagnon

Laboratory Director & Instructor in Psychology and Education
413-538-2840
220 Reese Psychology and Education Building
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Nicole Gilbert Cote

Lab Instructor in Psychology and Education
413-538-3684
142 Reese Psychology and Education Building
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Cheryl Lee

Laboratory Director & Instructor in Psychology and Education

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.

413-538-2202
123 Reese Psychology and Education Building
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Cheryl McGraw

Department Coordinator

In the morning, Cheryl Mcgraw is the Psychology Department Coordinator providing office support to the faculty, staff and students. In the afternoon, as the Education Division Department Coordinator, she provides office/computer support to the two Directors of the Teacher Licensure Programs and the Five-College Teacher Licensure Coordinator. Cheryl also coordinates paperwork between the division and local schools, and the paperwork sent to the Massachusetts Department of Education for the program completers’ teacher licenses. If you are at all interested in the teacher preparation programs or the education minor, stop by and Cheryl will direct you to the appropriate person. She is also responsible for maintaining the Education Curriculum Library.

413-538-2338
303 Reese Psychology and Education Building
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Kathryn Tremblay

Office Assistant
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Emeriti

Professor Emeritus of Psychology

Joseph Cohen's research interests include vision and visual perception and he has how we use visual information depending on whether we are trying to judge what the objects around us are or whether we are acting on those objects, for example, walking towards them or grasping them. To Cohen, perception and action seem to use visual information in different ways. Of particular interest were stroke patients with damage in the inferotemporal cortex of the brain that are unable to use vision to recognize the objects in their environment, yet they can accurately reach out and grasp them.

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Professor Emeriti of Psychology

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.

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Professor Emeritus of Psychology

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. 

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