Department Chair
Megan R. Yost
Associate Professor of Psychology and Women's and Gender Studies (2006).
Kaufman Building Room 162
(717) 245-1357
Department Faculty
Gregory J. Smith
Associate Professor of Psychology (1981).
Stern Center for Global Educ Room 107
(717) 245-1253 |
B.A., Plymouth State College, 1977; M.A., State University of New York at Buffalo, 1980; Ph.D., 1981.

His teaching is in the area of child development and encompasses courses in both typical child development and developmental psychopathology. Prof. Smith’s research has looked at infant, early childhood, and late adolescent development, focusing both on mechanisms that affect social interaction between peers and on the impact that parenting styles and parental availability have on development. His most current research has focused on transitions in late adolescence, including the transition to college, attempting to identify factors that affect adjustment to novel environments.
Teresa A. Barber
(on sabbatical Fall 2015)
Associate Professor of Psychology (1993).
James Hall - Rector Complex Room 1223
(717) 245-1641 |
B.A., California State University at Fresno, 1979; M.A. University of California at Berkeley, 1984; Ph.D., 1987.
Ganoe Award for Inspirational Teaching, 2006-07; Dickinson Award for Distinguished Teaching, 2007-08.

She is a behavioral neuroscientist, teaching classes that examine the relationship between the nervous system and behavior, including neuropsychology, the study of damaged brains and impaired behavior. Her research focuses on the biological changes induced in the nervous system by learning.
Marie Helweg-Larsen
Professor of Psychology (2002).
Kaufman Building Room 168
(717) 245-1562 |
B.A., California State University - Northridge, 1989; M.A., University of California - Los Angeles, 1990; Ph.D., 1994.

Her research is in the areas of cross-cultural psychology, health psychology, and social psychology -- specifically why people do risky things that they should not. She is currently studying moralization and risk perception in smokers and non-smokers around the world.
Anthony S. Rauhut
Associate Professor of Psychology (2002).
James Hall - Rector Complex Room 1219
(717) 245-1079 |
B.A., St. Louis University, 1993; Ph.D., University of Massachusetts-Amherst, 1999.

Professor Rauhut's program of research involves using animal models to understand the behavioral and neurobiological mechanisms underlying the comorbidity of depression and drug dependence.
Megan R. Yost
Associate Professor of Psychology and Women's and Gender Studies (2006).
Kaufman Building Room 162
(717) 245-1357 |
B.S., St. Lawrence University, 1998; M.S., University of California, Santa Cruz, 2003; Ph.D., 2006.

Professor Yost received her Ph.D. in Social Psychology and Feminist Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her research examines the gendered nature of human sexuality from a social psychological perspective. She is interested in the ways in which traditional conceptualizations of masculinity and femininity impact sexuality, stigma surrounding sexual identities and diverse sexual practices, and power dynamics in sexual relationships (particularly within consensual sexual sadomasochism). She teaches interdisciplinary courses in Psychology and Women’s & Gender Studies on gender, sexuality, and qualitative research methods.
Suman Ambwani
Associate Professor of Psychology (2008).
Kaufman Building Room 164
(717) 245-1022 |
B.A., Macalester College, 2003; M.S., Texas A&M University, 2005; Ph.D., 2008.

Suman Ambwani received her Ph.D. in Psychology (Clinical) from Texas A&M University and completed her clinical internship at the Medical University of South Carolina. Her scholarship has concentrated in the areas of eating disorders and weight management, personality and interpersonal functioning, and cross-cultural considerations in psychological assessment. Her current research focuses on 1) the development and evaluation of guided self-help interventions for people with Anorexia Nervosa, and 2) understanding etiological and maintenance factors for eating-related psychopathology.
Sharon Kingston
Assistant Professor of Psychology (2009).
Kaufman Building Room 170
(717) 245-1076 |
B.A., State University of New York at Purchase, 1989; M.A., University of Rhode Island, 1996; Ph.D., 2001.

Sharon Kingston is a clinical community psychologist. Her research interests include neighborhood effects on individual and family well-being with particular emphasis on identifying aspects of successful parenting in high-risk urban neighborhoods, prevention and health promotion in low-income communities and factors related to early initiation of substance use among children and adolescents.
Jonathan W. Page
(on leave of absence 2015-16)
Assistant Professor of Psychology (2009).
Rector North Room 2301
(717) 245-1974 |
B.A., Mid-America Nazarene University, 1991; M.A., University of Nevada, 2002; Ph.D., 2004.

Jon received his Masters and PhD degrees in experimental psychology in the cognitive and brain sciences program at the University of Nevada in 2004. He spent the next five years as assistant professor of psychology at Minnesota State University before coming to Dickinson. His research area is in cognitive neuroscience where he attempts to link specific brain functioning to higher-order cognitive tasks such as visual discrimination, multi-tasking, and imagination. Recently, he has focused more on how these processes may differ under stressful situations.
Rui Zhang
Assistant Professor of Psychology (2015).
Kaufman Hall Room 166
B.A., Shanghai International Studies University, 2004; M.A., 2007; Ph.D., University of Alberta, Canada, 2013.

Michele Ford
Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology (2012).
Kaufman Building Room 175
(717) 254-8137 |
B.S., Texas A & M University, 1995; M.A., Texas Tech University, 1998; Ph.D., 2000.

Kiersten Baughman
Visiting Instructor in Psychology (2015).
Kaufman Hall Room 173
B.S., Morehead State University, 2008; M.S., University of Oklahoma, 2012.

Adjunct Faculty
Meredith Rauhut
Instructor in Neuroscience (Spring 2015).
Kaufman Building Room 174
(717) 254-8193 |
B.A., Bucknell University, 1995; Ph.D., University of Massachusetts-Amherst, 2001.

Emeriti Faculty
Walter Chromiak

James Skelton
Associate Professor Emeritus of Psychology
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