Faculty Profile

Megan Yost

Associate Professor of Psychology and Women's and Gender Studies (2006), Department Chair

Contact Information

yostm@dickinson.edu

Kaufman Building Room 162
717.245.1357

Bio

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.

Education

  • B.S., St. Lawrence University, 1998
  • M.S., University of California, Santa Cruz, 2003
  • Ph.D., 2006

2015-2016 Academic Year

Fall 2015

PSYC 135 Psychology of Women and Gender
Cross-listed with WGST 135-01.

WGST 135 Psychology of Women and Gender
Cross-listed with PSYC 135-01.

PSYC 140 Social Psychology
In this introduction to psychological aspects of human social behavior, we discuss such topics as the relationship between attitudes and behavior, how people judge one another, interpersonal and group influence processes, and relations between individuals and groups, with strong emphasis on real-world applications. We also introduce scientific methods and formal theories for studying social behavior.

PSYC 140 Social Psychology
In this introduction to psychological aspects of human social behavior, we discuss such topics as the relationship between attitudes and behavior, how people judge one another, interpersonal and group influence processes, and relations between individuals and groups, with strong emphasis on real-world applications. We also introduce scientific methods and formal theories for studying social behavior.

PSYC 150 Cross-Cultural Psychology
This course takes the position that human behavior can best be understood only in the cultural context in which it occurs. Discussions focus on the impact of culture on human behavior including the nature of culture; political and religious elements of culture; perceptions, stereotypes and the realities of cultural differences; how nationalism and animosity between cultures grow; and sources of prejudice and cultural conflict, and how they may be reduced. Suitable for all students, regardless of prior background in psychology.

PSYC 150 Cross-Cultural Psychology
This course takes the position that human behavior can best be understood only in the cultural context in which it occurs. Discussions focus on the impact of culture on human behavior including the nature of culture; political and religious elements of culture; perceptions, stereotypes and the realities of cultural differences; how nationalism and animosity between cultures grow; and sources of prejudice and cultural conflict, and how they may be reduced. Suitable for all students, regardless of prior background in psychology.

WGST 305 Gender and Sexual Identities
Cross-listed with PSYC 435-01.

PSYC 325 Res Meth in Biological Psych
A comprehensive coverage of the research methods employed in the field of biopsychology. Students conduct research on the relationship between the nervous system and/or the endocrine system and human behavior. Three hours classroom plus three hours laboratory a week. Prerequisites: either 125, 201, 202 OR 125, BIOL 124 and NRSC 200. This course fulfills the WID graduation requirement.

PSYC 380 Rsrch Meth in Psych Topics
Many people complete brief magazine or online surveys about their personality, relationships, or psychological symptoms in order to better understand themselves or others. In contrast, proper psychological testing is much more in depth and occurs only after significant research and development have taken place. This course will introduce students to commonly used psychological assessments and students will complete a research project which focuses on creating and piloting their own assessment tool. Assessment instruments examined will include the clinical interview, objective and projective personality tests, measurements of intellectual functioning and learning aptitudes, and vocational instruments. Students will also research and critically evaluate issues such as test validation, norming and standardization, and test bias, while also gaining experience in how tests are constructed and then used as part of the clinical decision making process.

PSYC 435 Gender and Sexual Identities
Cross-listed with WGST 305-01.

PSYC 480 Seminar in Advanced Topics
Permission of instructor required.

PSYC 480 Theories of Psych Counsel
The major goal of this course is to develop the students’ broad-based understanding of the major counseling theories. Students will be introduced to counseling techniques, stages of change, conditions that facilitate an effective counseling relationship, and professional ethics. This course is designed to provide students with a broad and in-depth understanding of the major theoretical approaches and their application to counseling, an examination of the evidence in support of/against the use of these theories with various clients/issues, and an understanding of varying pathways to change and how counselors can facilitate change in their clients.