Showing posts with label faculty. Show all posts
Showing posts with label faculty. Show all posts

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Dr. Sarah Elliott, Cognitive Psychologist, Joins Our Department

Hello, I am a new Cognitive Psychology professor here at Roosevelt. I completed my B.A. at the University of Nevada, Reno and my Ph.D. at the University of California, Davis. Most recently, I completed a NRSA Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Chicago. In general, I study how our brains create a perceptual experience from visual stimuli. In particular, I am interested in the neural mechanisms of form and color perception and how these mechanisms may be compromised by normal age or disease. If you’d like to learn more about my research or browse my publications, feel free to visit my web page:

I currently teach Sensation and Perception (Psyc 325) and Cognitive Processes (Pysc 326) at Roosevelt University. One reason I was interested in Roosevelt University is because of its strong focus on Social Justice. In my courses, students learn to apply behavioral neuroscience concepts to their own thoughts and behaviors, such as how they perceive and then act towards events and other people. The take-away message from these lessons is that sometimes our brain is our own worst enemy, and it’s important to recognize when our brains create misrepresentations. These concepts can be very important in social situations, such as where we misremember details of what was said, what a person looked like and what they were wearing, or even events that transpired.

As a scientist and mentor, I am committed to scientific outreach and student success. I regularly volunteer for the Museum of Science and Industry, and previously volunteered for several student run organizations at the University of Chicago to engage the public in neuroscience research. I look forward to participating in events at Roosevelt to foster interest in STEM careers and teach students, as well as the public, the importance of scientific research. As a mentor, I am happy to speak with students about their future plans and help them take the necessary steps to achieve their goals. Students should always feel free to contact me with any questions, whether about Cognitive Psychology, or general questions about their future goals

Friday, September 13, 2013

First date: New Roosevelt study shows women most careful in online dating

Women who meet a first date online are more likely to take safety precautions than they are with someone they don’t know but who asked for the first date in person, a new study by Roosevelt University psychologists shows.

Published in August by Cyberpsychology, Behavior and Social Networking, the study by psychology professors Jill Coleman, Catherine Campbell and recent Roosevelt PsyD graduate Billie Cali surveyed 82 Roosevelt female students about 13 behaviors that could help protect them on a first date.

These include: telling a friend where you are going; taking your own car; monitoring alcohol intake; meeting in a public rather than private place; carrying enough money for a taxi; having a trusted friend be with you and your date; considering self-defense strategies if the need arises.

The survey participants, ages 18 to 36, were asked to rate how likely it was for them to take the different safety precautions if: they accepted a date with someone they were corresponding with and liked a profile and look on Facebook; or they accepted a date with someone that they didn’t know well but whom they were attracted to in one of their classes.

Read the full story by clicking here.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Faculty Profile: Prof. Jonathan Smith

First, let me share with you that I’m a Full Professor of Clinical Psychology and have enjoyed teaching at Roosevelt since 1975.  I’ve taught, done research, counseled, and served as Department Chair.  My biggest achievement was to shepherd the creation of a University-approved PsyD program in Clinical Psychology in our Department.   Indeed, I helped persuade the University that doctoral programs must be an important and defining part of Roosevelt’s future.   I am proud that twenty years later this has come to pass.  Under the passionate and talented guidance of four subsequent Directors, our PsyD can rightly brag to be one of the best in the country.

More recently I stepped aside to create the Stress Institute.  Our vision was to stimulate research and fight pseudoscience and fad-ridden reductionism rampant in the field of stress. The Institute’s largely online program works in cooperation with our sister “Stress Institute” at Spain’s University of the Basque Country, run by Roosevelt graduate Professor Alberto Amutio.

So far I’ve published 20 books and am working on two more (“All Paths Lead to Mindfulness”).   Some are used as textbooks at dozens of universities around the world.  Under my guidance, three dozen students have authored articles in top refereed journals.  I enjoy working with serious, career-oriented undergraduates and graduates.

My work has focused on relaxation and mindfulness (theory, practice, assessment), the factor structure of irrational beliefs, integrative CBT, and most recently critical thinking and pseudoscience in clinical psychology.  I’m also interested in the structure and consequences of paranormal belief systems, anti-gay attitudes, and destructive religiosity.  Out and open.

Currently, I am less a practicing clinician, and more a writer, teacher, researcher, editor, consultant, and shameless satirical provocateur.   I will confront a bigot on a dime.  I cringe at the drugstore perfume of True Believers.  I am a firm believer in instructive humor.

However, my first and final love is writing.  My philosophy: To write is to teach.  To write is to learn.  To write is to live and grow and love as a human being.  The back-and-forth play of ideas in a noisy classroom creates so much more music than the dusty keyboard chatter in a sterile windowless lab.    To put it more directly:  If some day you and I have the good fortune to meet --  in class or over coffee --  may we later find ourselves in a lively discussion on the pages of some future article, e-book, or blog.  

Drop me a line.

Friday, September 21, 2012

New Faculty Profile: Dr. Joe Mazzola

Hi! My name is Joe Mazzola, and I am an Assistant Professor in the Industrial/Organizational (I/O) Psychology program at Roosevelt University. I got my B.S. in Psychology at Bowling Green State University and my Ph.D. in I/O Psychology from the University of South Florida. My research is in the areas of stress management and healthy behaviors (namely nutrition and exercise) in the workplace. Most recently, I’ve been investigating what factors present at work help or hinder individuals from being able to exercise and eat nutritiously. Additionally, while I work with a variety of methods and analysis techniques, I specialize in qualitative and mixed methods research, a rarity in I/O Psychology. My ultimate goal is to make work as healthy and as positive of an environment as it can be for the employees.

This year I am teaching Occupational Health Psychology and Advanced Research Methods at the graduate level, and I/O Psychology for undergraduates. I also anticipate I will teach some other methods, statistics, and organizational classes at both levels going forward.

If you are interested in my area of research, want to get involved in research, or you just think I can answer a question you might have, please do not hesitate to contact me (Schaumburg 360-D,

Thursday, February 2, 2012

New Faculty Profile: Dr. Tom Farmer

Hello, my name is Tom Farmer. I am a Clinical Psychology Professor at Roosevelt. Additionally, I am the Associate Director of Training and assist students in developing and securing practical training experiences in the MA and PsyD Programs. As a Roosevelt graduate myself, I am quite happy to be back with the RU community. In addition to my teaching and training activities, I am interested in child and adult assessment, including neuropsychological assessment, as well as family therapy and treatment. I am a licensed psychologist who has experience in pediatric neuropsychology, pediatric health, as well as general mental health issues.

As a graduate of Roosevelt University, I am committed to the core mission of social justice. I have taught and developed several service learning courses where students can gain real world experience while promoting individual and community resilence. Students have volunteered in various agencies including homeless shelters, schools, and hospitals. Recently, some of my graduate students developed "strength-based" narrative life stories for some aging individual in a low income African-American community. The project was such as a success that I continue to consult with a not-for-profit agency with a mission of engaging multiple generations together in a similar low-income community. I find these experiences to be rewarding, and I think that many students do as well.

If you are a student interested in psychology in anyway, please stop by and chat (Schaumburg 360M, My engagement in the community through service learning, training, and clinical practice, I have become quite familiar with the psychological community of the Chicagoland area. As such, I would be happy to talk about many of the career and academic opportunities that exist.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Faculty Profile: Prof. Kim Dienes

Hi!  My name is Kim Dienes and I’m a Clinical Psychology professor here at RU.  I study stress sensitivity and depression.  In my lab, we explore the vulnerabilities and processes that determine why some people are sensitive to stress, while others remain unshaken.  Why might one individual have a stronger reaction to a stressful event than another?  We look at biological and psychological responses to stress and how they are involved in risk for depression.  We also investigate possible diatheses, or factors that might make someone sensitive to stress, such as early adversity and personality variables.  If you are interested in participating in research, please take a look at our current projects and read more about me and the lab members at my faculty website:  Also, feel free to contact me with any questions or if you are interested in joining our lab.

I teach Basic Clinical Skills to the Master’s students in the fall, Childhood and Adolescence (a service learning course) to undergraduates in the spring, and two year long courses, Psychodynamic Theory I and II and Doctoral Practicum Seminar, to the doctoral students.  I believe that the best way to learn is by doing, and I teach using a great deal of active participation.  Basic Clinical Skills involves a lab component where you are recorded as you practice clinical skills with a partner, Childhood and Adolescence involves community service with children to see child development in action, and my two doctoral classes include case examples, presentations, and formulations to not only learn material, but apply it.

I am also a licensed clinical psychologist and a partner in Metropolitan Change Alliance, a group practice located at Dearborn and Congress.  I work with adults from a dynamic perspective, focusing on relational patterns, but I also use CBT skills and techniques for anxiety reduction.  I believe that if you are going to teach clinical skills, you should also do what you teach.  If you have any questions about clinical psychology as a graduate degree or a profession, please feel free to come talk to me.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Prof. Melissa Sisco, a clinical/forensic psychologist, joins the Department of Psychology

I am a University of Arizona alumni and border city conscious clinician.  I came to Chicago to complete a clinical internship at the University of Illinois Medical Center and subsequently stayed to become a part of the social justice focus here at Roosevelt University.  I have a joint doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology and Psychology, Policy, and the Law.  I am currently exploring alternative avenues of enhancing resilience after interpersonal trauma including community mobilization, ego strengthening, and cultural promotion.  I focus my clinical efforts and research on understanding the cycle of systematic and interpersonal trauma that ensues from differential power dynamics including gender, ethnicity, and social class through mentoring, program development/evaluation, therapeutic services, and grant writing.  I am particularly interested in the interplay between intimate victimization and perpetration.

I have taken part in a variety of agencies that address the trauma response including: the County Prosecutor’s Office, RESTORE Restorative Justice Agency, the Arizona Department of Corrections, the Southern Arizona Veteran’s Health Services, the Board of Homicide Survivors, and the Urban Youth Trauma center.

I thoroughly enjoy working with students to help them develop and create a path to the academic or professional venue that will bring the most happiness for each student and the greatest social change to the community.  I tend to have long-lasting, supportive relationships with my proteges and tend to work best with students who are self-driven.  I have several projects available for both undergraduates and graduates to get involved in; they are listed on my website  Feel free to contact me if you would like to explore these avenues further or just chat about making a plan towards a forensic or clinical career.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Prof. Steven Meyers interviewed on Interface Radio

Listen in to hear the recent radio interview of one of our department's faculty members.  "Great Teaching in Higher Education," a discussion with with Steven Meyers, Professor of Psychology at Roosevelt University and Illinois Professor of the Year for 2007-08, about what makes for effective college-level teaching. Drawing on a wide body of research and his own experiences, Meyers identifies key traits in outstanding college teachers.

Friday, April 1, 2011

New I/O psychology professor joins the Department's faculty

I’m Jackie Deuling, an Industrial/Organizational (I/O) Psychologist. I came from Auburn University to RU to help build the I/O PhD program. As an I/O Psychologist, I am interested in helping employees and organizations work together effectively. To this end, my research focuses on three general areas – work-family conflict, leadership and organizational culture, and individual differences. An overarching theme in my research is attention to both the situation and individual differences that influence behavior in organizations. For example, research that has captured my attention since I was an undergraduate student is the area of work-family conflict. I am most interested in understanding how individual differences influence perceptions of work-family conflict. For example, I have considered the relationship between perfectionism and perceptions of work-family conflict; does the desire to excel or be perfect cause undue distress or conflict in the work and family domains? This seemingly simple question has lead me down an interesting path where I have learned that actually, perfectionists have LOWER work and family conflict than non-perfectionists. Now, I’m trying to figure out why! If you would like to help me understand the many questions my research has revealed, please feel free to contact me.

I also teach a variety of courses that overlap with my research interests. I teach courses at the undergraduate and graduate level (both Master’s and Doctoral). If you have any questions, comments, or if you would like to contact me, my email address is

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

New developmental psychology professor joins the Department's faculty

Hi! My name is Dr. Roberts. I research and teach Developmental Psychology at Roosevelt University.
I study cultural patterns in children’s use of attention, nonverbal communication, and collaboration during learning activities. For example, in some cultural communities, children learn by carefully observing adults do their work and pitching in where they can. In other communities, children are segregated from adult work and learn through child-focused lessons where an instructor directs their attention for them. These cultural patterns are of interest to me because of the implications they may have for children’s success in schools. I am also interested in learning as a social endeavor that is intertwined with the developing identities of learners. Please contact me at if you would like to learn more about this research.
I teach Childhood & Adolescence, Human Development, Adult Development, Introductory Statistics and Research Methods. In my classes, we work to understand the consistencies and variations in human development across the life span in cultural communities around the world. We ask questions like, “What does it mean to be 2-years-old? How is it different to be this age in rural Guatemala than in downtown Chicago?” In my classes we also read scholarly articles and examine not only what the studies found, but also how they came to those conclusions. Social science is a conversation where our understanding of the world is developed and self-corrected. I prepare and invite students to become a part of that conversation. I look forward to learning with you as we make meaningful connections that allow us to better understand human development.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

New forensic psychology professor joins the Department's faculty

My name is Dr. Shari Berkowitz and I'm a new Forensic Psychology professor here at Roosevelt. In particular, I conduct research on issues pertaining to psychology and the law. I'm especially passionate about applying psychological science to the legal system in order to prevent cases of wrongful conviction. I encourage you to contact me if you're interested in learning more about my work, or have questions about applying to grad school. I also hope you will consider taking one of my classes!

For instance, next Spring I'll be teaching a new class called Eyewitness Testimony (PSYC 386/486), which will meet downtown on Tuesdays from 2-4:30pm. In this class, we'll learn about the crucial role that eyewitnesses play in our legal system. For instance, the police may rely on a witness’ testimony to identify a suspect and/or lawyers may rely on a witness’ testimony to convict a defendant, but how reliable is an eyewitness’ testimony? Do eyewitnesses ever make mistakes? How do these mistakes occur? These questions will be the primary focus of this class. Additionally, I'll be teaching Introductory Forensic Science classes at both the downtown and Schaumburg campuses. Check out the Spring schedule of classes for more information on when these courses will meet.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions at all. My email is: and my website is