Department Chair
Suman Ambwani
Associate Professor of Psychology (2008).
Kaufman Building Room 164
(717) 245-1022
Department Faculty
Gregory J. Smith
Associate Professor of Psychology (1981).

(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
Associate Professor of Psychology (1993).
Kaufman Hall Room 175
(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.
Dickinson Award for Distinguished Teaching, 2015-16.

Professor Helweg-Larsen's research is in the areas of social psychology, health psychology and cross-cultural psychology – specifically why smart people do dumb thing and how to make them stop. She is currently examining in the US and Denmark how smokers react to being stigmatized.
Anthony S. Rauhut
Associate Professor of Psychology (2002).
Kaufman Hall Room 173
(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
(on sabbatical Fall 2016)
Associate Professor of Psychology and Women's, Gender and Sexuality 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 and Sexuality 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.
Ganoe Award for Inspirational Teaching, 2015-16.

Professor Ambwani's scholarship broadly examines emotion, social perception, personality, and interpersonal factors across the range of normal and abnormal human functioning. 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
Associate 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.
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.

Nicholas Soderstrom
Assistant Professor of Psychology (2016).
Kaufman Building Room 160
(717) 254-8722 |
B.A., Western Washington University, 2006; M.S., Colorado State University, 2009; Ph.D., 2012.

Professor Soderstrom's research examines how people learn versus how people think they learn. He is particularly interested in identifying procedures that promote lasting learning and help people become better managers of their own learning. He is deeply committed to applying the science of learning to enhance the educational practices of both students and instructors.
Naila Smith
Assistant Professor of Psychology (2016).
Kaufman Hall Room 174
(717) 254-8721 |
B.S., University of the West Indies, Mona, St. Andrew, Jamaica, 2005; M.A., Columbia University, 2010; Ph.D., Fordham University, 2016.

Professor Smith's research is in the area of developmental psychology. She studies how social and contextual factors (e.g., parent and peer relationships, classroom climate) influence academic and socio-emotional development from childhood through emerging adulthood. She focuses primarily on these developmental processes in immigrant and racial-ethnic minority populations.
Peter A. Leavitt
Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology (2016).
Kaufman Hall Room 181
B.A., University of Alberta, 2008; M.A., University of Arizona, 2014; Ph.D., 2016.

"Professor Leavitt studies how culture and social identities, such as race, ethnicity, and social class, shape how people think, behave, and understand their own behavior and the behaviors of others. Perceptions and portrayals of social class in the media, the impact of social class in computer-mediated and face-to-face educational experiences, and the influence of social identities in persuasive encounters around social issues are of particular interest."
Michele Ford
Lecturer in Psychology (2012).
Kaufman Hall Room 182
(717) 254-8137 |
B.S., Texas A & M University, 1995; M.A., Texas Tech University, 1998; Ph.D., 2000.

Professor Ford is a Counseling Psychologist and teaches clinical and counseling related courses such as Psychopathology, Human Sexuality, and both Research Methods and Seminar in Counseling Psychology. Professor Ford's clinical interests include disordered eating, sexual and reproductive trauma, and depression and anxiety in adults and adolescents.
Adjunct Faculty
Meredith Rauhut
(Leave of absence 2016-17)
Instructor in Neuroscience (Spring 2015).
James Hall - Rector Complex Room 1219
(717) 254-8193 |
B.A., Bucknell University, 1995; Ph.D., University of Massachusetts-Amherst, 2001.

Academic Administrative Staff
Abby S. Boytos
Department Technician (2016).
Kaufman Building Room 100

Emeriti Faculty
Walter Chromiak

James Skelton
Associate Professor Emeritus of Psychology
Dana Hall 208
Office phone: (717) 245-1309