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Faculty and Staff

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Faculty and staff information, including contact information, office hours, and interests are listed below. To return to the listing of names at the top of this page from places within this page, please click on the faculty or staff image.
Chairperson, Coordinators, & Staff
Part-Time Faculty

Fran Barth​ Clair Ford
Dr. Jane Nugent
Dr. ​Stephen Bonsignore-Berry Dr. Sharon Goyette
Kristen Pelfrey
Dr. Donald Bucolo ​Dr. Elizabeth Hayden Dr. David Richards​​
​​Dr. Elizabeth Carey​ Dr. Beth Hoke Dr. Sally Riconscente
Robert Daniele
Dr. Mia Holland​
Christine Semler
Rita DeOliveira​ Dr. Meghan McCoy​ Dr. Amanda Shyne​
Karen Familiant-Richards ​Dr. Singumbe Muyeba Dr. Sue Todd​

​Joseph Weeks



Gloria Croteau
Administrative Assistant
Hart Hall 315, 508-531-1385,



Fran Barth

Internship/Research/PAL Coordinator
Visiting Lecturer
Moakley 304, 508-531-2533,​​.

Ms. Barth joined the department in 2002 as a visiting lecturer and in 2012 became the department’s Internship, Research and PAL Coordinator.  With over 100 internship and/ or volunteer sites in her database, she enjoys helping undergraduate and graduate students find the best internship or volunteer positions for their interests. Ms. Barth also coordinates the research conducted through the Psychology Department. This includes matching interested research students with faculty research projects and working with PSYC 100 students complete their research experience requirement. As for the Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) program, Ms. Barth helps faculty find student PALs for their courses. Students are welcome to stop by at any time to meet with Ms. Barth. She is on campus Mondays through Fridays. Or contact her to make an appointment.

 ​Full-Time Faculty

Dr. Melissa Brandon
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Hart Hall 343, 508-531-1842,
Office Hours, Spring 2018: M 12:15-1:15, T 1:00-2:00, R 4:45-5:45, or by appointment

Dr. Brandon joined the BSU psychology department in 2014. She earned her B.S. at the University of Pittsburgh and her M.S. and Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Brandon teaches Research Methods, Learning, Child Psychology, Sensation & Perception, and Cognitive Neuroscience. Dr. Brandon's research focuses on the multisensory nature of rhythm and how humans use rhythm to help further their learning and planning in everyday life. She is interested in involving students in her research projects.


Dr. John Calicchia
Professor of Psychology
Psychology Graduate Program Coordinator​
Hart Hall 339, 508-531-1769,​
Office Hours, Spring 2018: T & W 3:00-4:00, Th 11:30-12:30, or by appointment
Dr. John Calicchia came to Bridgewater in 1993 in the Department of Counselor Education where he served as a faculty member, Graduate Program Coordinator and Department Chair before joining the Psychology Department in the Fall of 2007. He has taught a variety of courses including applied pre-adolescent counseling, research methods, and legal and ethical issues. Over the past 20 years, his research and clinical practice have focused mainly on children and adolescence and Dr. Calicchia has an eclectic array of peer-reviewed articles, presentations, and a co-authored book. Dr. Calicchia is a Licensed Psychologist/Health Service Provider in the state of Massachusetts and has special training in child and adolescent psychology. He completed his pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral fellowship in clinical child psychology at McLean Hospital and served as a Child & Adolescent Psychologist at McLean Hospital & Harvard Medical School.   


Dr. Janessa Carvalho
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Hart Hall 325,
Office Hours, Spring 2018: M 1:45-3:15, T 2:00-3:00, or by appointment

Dr. Carvalho joined the Bridgewater State University psychology department in 2013. She received her B.S. in psychology from Bridgewater State and her M.S. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. As a neuropsychologist, she also completed a clinical residency and postdoctoral fellowship in clinical neuropsychology at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She is currently teaching courses in Research Methods and Abnormal Psychology. Her research interests generally lie in adult neuropsychology and include 1) psychometrics of cognitive and behavioral measures, 2) geriatric neuropsychology, and 3) cross-cultural neuropsychology. She is interested in collaborating with students on her research. ​

Dr. Alice W. Cheng
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Hart Hall 340, 508-531-2342,​​
Office Hours, Spring 2018: W & R 2:00-3:30, or by appointment​

Alice W. Cheng, Ph.D., joined the Bridgewater State University psychology department in 2017. She received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Rhode Island in 2011. She completed her APA-accredited internship at the Asian Pacific Family Center of Pacific Clinics in Los Angeles learning culturally adapted interventions for Asian Americans. Her research interests are social cultural contexts influencing health disparities among ethnic minorities, Asian American mental health, racial stereotypes, diagnostic bias, multicultural competency, and alcohol-use disorders. Dr. Cheng currently teaches Multicultural Psychology, Abnormal Psychology and Foundations of Clinical Practice, and is excited to start collaborating with students on research projects.


Dr. Elizabeth Englander

Professor of Psychology
Coordinator of the MARC Program
Hart Hall 347, 508-531-2379,
Office Hours, Spring 2018: By appointment only

Dr. Englander has been teaching at BSU since 1993. Her major area of interest is in the childhood causes of abusive and violent behavior, and her research examines bullying and cyberbullying behaviors during the school years. She has taught ten different undergraduate courses, three of which she introduced to the Psychology curriculum. She also developed an internship program in Forensic Psychology. She has served as department chair and, during her time at BSU, has published peer-reviewed articles, three editions of a book, has served as a Guest Editor for a Special Edition of The Journal of Social Sciences, and has published numerous other articles. She has presented her work at many conferences and has given numerous presentations and media interviews. She has been cited in newspapers and has appeared on television and radio locally, nationally and internationally. She has received eight external grants and several internal grants. She was the University's first Presidential Fellow, and received that grant and award for establishing and directing the Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center (MARC) at BSU. MARC works with BSU students in bringing bullying and cyberbullying research and programs to K-12 schools in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. In 2005 she was awarded the Course of Distinction Award by Massachusetts Colleges Online and BSU's Distance Learning Award. Dr. Englander has testified in front of the Senate and was appointed to the Massachusetts Attorney General's Safe School Initiative Task Force under former Attorney General Thomas Reilly. She helped author and pass state legislation, and has trained thousands of teachers and tens of thousands of students in the Commonwealth.


Dr. Holly Grant-Marsney
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Hart Hall 329, 508-531-2233, ​
Office hours, Spring 2018: M 11:00-12:00, Th 1:00-3:00, or by appointment 

Dr. Grant-Marsney received a BA in Neuroscience and Behavior from Mount Holyoke College. She received a MS and PhD in Clinical Psychology (with a concentration of Child, Adolescent, and Family) from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. She completed her post-doctoral clinical fellowship at the University of New Hampshire. While at UMass, Dr. Grant-Marsney was a part of the Rudd Adoption Research Program. Dr. Grant-Marsney's program of research is about adoption, the adopted person, and his or her close relationships. She is particularly interested in how adoption is associated with attachment development and the impact of adoption and contact arrangements on family dynamics. She is also interested in emotion and identity development during adolescence and emerging adulthood. Dr. Grant-Marsney is interested in collaborating with students on research projects related to these topics. She teaches a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses, such as Introductory Psychology, Child Psychology, Research Methods in Psychology, and Theory and Process of Group Interaction.

Dr. Ashley Hansen-Brown
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Hart Hall 321, 508-531-2513,
Office Hours, Spring 2018: W 10:00-11:00, R 12:30-2:30, or by appointment​

Dr. Hansen-Brown joined the psychology department at Bridgewater State University in 2017 where she teaches several courses including Social Psychology and Statistics for Psychology. She completed her B.S. in Psychology at Washington State University, her M.S. in Experimental Psychology at Eastern Washington University, and her Ph.D. in Social Psychology at the Ohio State University. Her research primarily focuses on trait narcissism and entitlement in social contexts such as close relationships, with additional lines of research on gender in academia and on the scholarship of teaching and learning. Dr. Hansen-Brown enjoys collaborating with students on research projects related to these topics.


Dr. Jonathan Holmes
Associate Professor of Psychology
Hart 341, 508-531-2875,
Office Hours, Spring 2018M 12:15-1:45, T 10:00-10:45, Th 2:00-2:45, or by appointment 
Dr. Holmes joined Bridgewater in the fall of 2000 and has taught a variety of courses, including Introductory Psychology, Introductory Psychology honors sections, Statistics for Psychology, Research Methods, History of Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Biopsychology, and Psychology and Literature. He has served as Chair of the Psychology Department, and he has won the Presidential Award for Distinguished Teaching. Dr. Holmes' current scholarly interests involve looking at the history and philosophy of psychology. A brief article on some of his work on Ancient Greek psychological functioning and its relation to current psychology was recently published in the December 2012 edition of The Bridgewater Review.

Dr. Theresa Jackson
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Hart Hall 344, 508-531-2333,​
Office Hours, Spring 2018: M 11:30-1:00, Th 1:30-3:00, or by appointment​

Dr. Theresa Jackson joined the psychology department at BSU in 2017. She received her B.S. in Psychology from Juniata College and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from Clark University. She is currently teaching Introductory Psychology and Research Methods. She also has teaching interests in developmental psychology and the psychology of women. Broadly, Dr. Jackson’s research interests are related to gender, social class, and reproductive health across the lifespan. She has investigated urban adolescents’ experiences of their transition to womanhood as well as gendered perceptions of choice and control in relation to reproductive decision-making. Dr. Jackson is excited to begin collaborating with students on these projects. 

Dr. Tina Jameson
Associate Professor of Psychology
Hart Hall 335, 508-531-1298,
Office Hours, Spring 2018: M 8:00-9:00, M & W 12:30-1:30, or by appointment

Dr. Jameson joined the Bridgewater State University psychology department in the Fall of 2007. She received her Bachelor's degree from Whitman College, her Master's degree from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth and her Ph.D. from Washington State University. Dr. Jameson teaches a variety of courses including Statistics, Research Methods, Cognitive Psychology and Sensation & Perception. Dr. Jameson's area of specialization is Cognitive Psychology and her primary research interests include working memory, decision making, and metacognition. Dr. Jameson is always interested in getting students involved in her research.​

Dr. Margaret M. Johnson
Professor of Psychology
Hart Hall 322, 508-531-2376,
Office Hours, Spring 2018: M 3:15-4:15, T & R 11-12, or by appointment

Dr. Johnson has been teaching at Bridgewater State University for more than thirty years. She has taught fourteen different undergraduate and three graduate courses, six of which she developed. She has served on a number of committees both inside and outside the department, and is involved in the piloting of First-Year Seminars, to be offered as part of the University's new curriculum. Her primary interest lies in the investigation of evolutionary psychology and its interface with developmental, social, and clinical fields. She has developed several new courses on the subject and has integrated the perspective into every course she teaches. Her research interest is in testing evolutionary hypotheses - for example, those on behavioral and psychological sex differences at all points in development - in order to develop effective psychoeducational interventions for couples and families experiencing relationship difficulties.

Dr. Teresa King

Professor of Psychology
Hart Hall 338, 
Office Hours, Spring 2018: T 1:00-2:00, W 11:00-12:00, or by appointment

Teresa K. King, Ph.D. joined the BSU Psychology Department in 2003. She received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Houston. She completed her internship and post-doctoral fellowship at Brown Medical School. She chairs the department’s honors committee. Her research examines psychological factors that have an effect on health with a particular focus on body image. Dr. King strongly believes in the transformative nature of undergraduate research and has mentored several ATP semester and summer grants, honor's theses, and directed studies. The undergraduate courses she teaches include: Cross-Cultural Psychology (regular and honors), Orientation to the Major, Introductory Psychology (regular and honors), Abnormal Psychology, Research, Survey of Psychological Testing, Health Psychology, and the honors second year seminar “Movies and Mental Disorders.” She also teaches Psychopathology in the graduate program.


Dr. Michelle Mamberg
Associate Professor of Psychology
Hart Hall 334, 508-531-2515, 
Office Hours, Spring 2018M 2-3:20, T 11:00-12:20, or by appointment​
Please use scheduling link to reserve a timeslot:

Dr. Mamberg was granted the Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Clark University in 2002, having completed her M.A. in Psychology in 1994. She received a B.A. in Psychology from the State University of New York at Purchase in 1987. Dr. Mamberg's post-doctoral clinical experiences included counseling New Yorkers following the World Trade Center attack in 2001 and a two-year fellowship at Pace University's Counseling Center in Westchester, N.Y. Dr. Mamberg's primary clinical interests include identity issues and trauma sequellae in young adults, though she has enjoyed working with children, families and elders, as well.  Her therapeutic approach incorporates relational-dynamic, interpersonal and narrative techniques. She has continued her professional development by becoming trained in the teaching of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) at the Center for Mindfulness (U. Mass. Medical School). Dr. Mamberg's theoretical perspective examines cultural and discursive aspects of Self development. Her research applies qualitative methods such as discourse analysis to interviews with Mindfulness practitioners. She has mentored graduate and undergraduate students on various research projects in her "Self-in-Talk" lab.  Dr. Mamberg teaches a variety of undergraduate courses, including Clinical Psychology, Personality Theories, and Orientation to the Major. At the graduate level, she teaches Adult Psychotherapies; Clinical Practicum and Internship, and two advanced seminars: "Trauma & Loss" and "MBSR: Clinical Applications."

Dr. Sandra Neargarder

Professor of Psychology
Department Chairperson
Hart Hall 332, 508-531-2378,
Office Hours, Spring 2018: M 12:00-3:00, or by appointment

Dr. Neargarder joined the Psychology Department at Bridgewater State University in the fall of 1999. She primarily teaches courses in Biopsychology and Neuropsychology. She is also the Chairperson of the Psychology Department and a Research Scientist at Boston University's Vision and Cognition Laboratory ( Her research involves the identification of visual and cognitive deficits in Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease and how these deficits affect patients' real-world functioning. Her research has been published in a number of peer-reviewed journals including Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology, Vision Research, the Journal of Gerontology, Cortex, Neuropsychology, and Clinical Nutrition.


Dr. Jeffrey Nicholas
Professor of Psychology
Hart Hall 316, 508-531-2250,
Office Hours, Spring 2018: T & R 10:45-11:45, or Friday by appointment

Dr. Nicholas joined the Department of Psychology in September, 1998. He received his Bachelor's degree in psychology from Salem State University in 1986 and his Master's and Ph.D. degrees from Purdue University in 1993. His area of specialization is Industrial/Organizational Psychology. Dr. Nicholas teaches Introductory Psychology, Social Psychology, I/O Psychology, Statistics, and Research Methods. His research interests include social cognition, social influence, attitudes, and emotional reactions especially when applied to behavior in the workplace.

Dr. Orlando Olivares
Professor of Psychology
Hart Hall 324, 508-531-2669,
Office Hours, Spring 2018: M & F 9:00-10:00, or by appointment

Dr. Olivares has been with the department of Psychology since 1996. He earned his Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology and has several years of corporate experience, as both an internal and external consultant. His areas of expertise are individual differences and human performance, leadership development, organization culture and performance, and selection and validation. Dr. Olivares regularly teaches courses in Introductory Psychology, Statistics and Research Methods, Learning, Personality, and Industrial/Organizational Psychology. From 2007-2010, Dr. Olivares served as the Chair of Institutional Review Board at Bridgewater State University. In addition to his teaching, consulting, and service work, Dr. Olivares has authored numerous peer-reviewed journal articles. He is the first author on articles that have appeared in The Leadership and Organization Development Journal, Review of General Psychology, Teaching in Higher Education, Excellence in College Teaching, Contemporary Educational Psychology, Issues in Educational Research, Radical Pedagogy, and Occupational Health and Safety.


Dr. Laura Ramsey
Associate Professor of Psychology
Hart Hall 337, 508-531-2883.
Office Hours, Spring 2018: M & W 12:15-1:45
Dr. Ramsey joined the Bridgewater State University psychology department in 2011. She received her B.S. in psychology from the University of Mary Washington and her M.S. and Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of Michigan. She teaches a variety of courses, including Introductory Psychology, Orientation to the Psychology Major, Research Methods, Social Psychology, and the Psychology of Women and Gender. Her research has focused on three primary areas: 1) stereotyping & prejudice, 2) objectification, and 3) the underrepresentation of women in math & science fields. For example, she has published papers examining implicit (unconscious) versus explicit (conscious) stereotypes, the consequences of objectification for romantic relationships, and how women who increasingly endorse the women-are-bad-at-math stereotype over the course of a semester perform worse in their math class.  She particularly enjoys collaborating with students on research projects.

Dr. Michael Root
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Hart Hall 326, 508-531-1959,
Office Hours, Spring 2018: M 1:00-2:00, T 8:30-9:30 & 12:30-1:30, or by appointment

Dr. Michael Root joined the faculty of BSU in 2016. He received his B.S. in psychology, M.S. in mental health counseling and C.A.G.S. from Springfield College, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in psychology from the University of New Hampshire. He teaches several psychology courses, most recently Statistics for Psychology and Research Methods in Psychology. Currently, he is conducting research in the areas of heuristic decision-making, cheater detection during social exchange, and effective pedagogy. He is interested in collaborating with students on research. 


Dr. Joseph Schwab
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Hart Hall 333, 508-531-2393,
Office Hours, Spring 2018: M 9:00-11:00, R 1:00-2:00, or by appointment

Dr. Schwab joined the Psychology Department at BSU in 2016. He received his B.A. in psychology from the University of Cincinnati, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in developmental psychology from Clark University in Worcester, MA. His research focuses on the narrative construction of identity in adolescence and adulthood, aiming to better understand how people create meaning and purpose in their lives through the stories they tell. He has published research using multiple methods to collect data (e.g., interviews, writing prompts, and surveys) on morals and values, religion and spirituality, and the detrimental effects of masculinity in men. Dr. Schwab currently teaches Developmental Psychology and Research Methods, and is excited to start collaborating with students on research projects.


Dr. Melissa Singer
Associate Professor of Psychology
Hart Hall 331, 508-531-2579.
Office Hours, Spring 2018: T 10:00-11:00, W 11:15-12:15, R 12:30-1:30

Dr. Singer received her Ph.D. from The University of Chicago in 2004 where she examined the role of social input on children's knowledge change. Dr. Singer focused primarily on the role of hand gestures in instruction and learning of mathematical problem-solving. After completing her graduate training, she continued her work at The Learning Sciences Research Institute in Chicago investigating the role of hand gestures as well as other visual forms of representations on children's scientific reasoning. Dr. Singer published this work in the journal, Discourse Processes. Currently, Dr. Singer explores the ways in which gesture and other nonverbal representations shape children’s scientific and mathematical reasoning, as well as the ways children construct meaning around these representations in both laboratory and applied settings. Dr. Singer teaches Child Psychology, Research Methods in Psychology, Nonverbal Communication, and a Second Year Seminar on gesture.

Dr. Elizabeth Spievak
Professor of Psychology
Hart Hall 336, 508-531-2154​,
Office Hours, Spring 2018: Th 2:00-3:00 (Hart 336), F 2:00-4:00 (Moakley 304), or by appointment

Dr. Spievak joined the department in 2003 and teaches a variety of courses including Introductory Psychology, Statistics, Research Methods, Cognitive Psychology, Criminal Behavior, Forensic Psychology and Special Topics courses on jury decision making, emotion, social cognition and narrative psychology. Dr. Spievak has an active research lab focused on attention and decision making, particularly as they apply to thoughts about the environment, emotions, coping, and the law. Students are engaged in ongoing projects in various stages and have an opportunity to contribute at all levels, from research design to results presentation.  In addition to her duties at BSU, Dr. Spievak does some trial consulting and maintains a working relationship with her colleagues in the field.

Dr. Caroline Stanley
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Hart Hall 323, 508.531.1879,
Office Hours, Spring 2018: W 2:00-4:00, R 2:00-3:00

Dr. Caroline Stanley received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Binghamton University (SUNY Binghamton) and her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from The University of Memphis. Her clinical specialization in is the area of child and family studies. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship in pediatric oncology at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Her main research interest pertains to the teaching of psychology. She is currently exploring the use of classroom experiential techniques for promoting personal change. She is also interested in constructivist approaches to psychology and the manner in which people construct meaningful interpretations of themselves and the world.​ 


Dr. Nesa Wasarhaley
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Hart Hall 342, 508-531-1841,
Office Hours, Spring 2018: M 10:45-1:00, W 12:15-1:00, or by appointment

Dr. Wasarhaley joined the psychology department at BSU in 2014. She received a B.A. in Psychology from Hamilton College, an M.A. in Cognitive Studies in Education from Teachers College 
Columbia University, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from the University of Kentucky. Dr. Wasarhaley's specialty area is Social Psychology with a research focus on Psychology and Law. Her research investigates the effect of victim stereotypes, crime schemas, and juror attitudes on decision-making. She is particularly interested in examining perceptions of crimes involving violence against women and victims from marginalized groups.​ She has an active research lab at BSU and works with student collaborators. Dr. Wasarhaley regularly teaches Social Psychology and Orientation to the Psychology Major, and has previously taught Introductory Psychology, Special Topics in Psychology, and in the Honors program's Social Inequality themed cluster. 

 Part-Time Faculty


Clair Ford

Senior Visiting Lecturer
Office hours: by appointment

Claire came to BSU in 1991 as an outreach counselor through the counseling center.  Soon after, she joined the Psychology department and has taught a variety of courses including Introductory Psychology, Child Psychology, Adolescence, Lifespan Development, Exceptional Child, and Abnormal Psychology.  She received her B.S. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, M.A. from the University of Rholde Island, and C.A.G.S. from the University of Massachusetts, Boston.  She has worked over 30 years in the field of mental health, school psychology, and guidance.  Her major interest is in developmental psychology.

Dr. Sharon Ramos Goyette
Visiting Associate Professor of Psychology


Office Hours, Spring 2017: Th 10-11, F 12-2, or by appointment

Dr. Sharon Ramos Goyette earned her Bachelor of Science degree as a double major in Biology and Psychology at Boston College. She then earned her Ph.D. in Physiological Psychology-Neuroscience at Tufts University where she used an animal model to study brain areas controlling reproductive behavior. This was followed by a post-doctoral fellowship at Harvard Medical School where she and others identified a new protein, PAK6, that interacts with both estrogen and androgen steroid hormone receptors and plays an important role in prostate cancer. As a neuroendocrinologist, she examines the dynamic interaction of social, environmental and biological factors such as hormones. She has published her work in journals including Hormones and BehaviorMolecular Endocrinology and the Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education. Recently, she and developmental psychologist Lincoln Craton co-authored a chapter entitled, “The Evolution of the Menstrual Cycle” and “A Darwinian Guide to Parenting: Having a Baby,” both published by NOVA publishers. She teaches Biopsychology and mentors undergraduate research. ​

Dr. Mia Holland

Assistant Visiting Professor 
Office Hours: By appointment

Dr. Holland's professional experience began in 1990 and includes work with heterogeneous populations of children, adolescents, and adults in a variety of settings - institutions of higher education, state social service and correctional facilities, psychiatric facilities, residential treatment facilities, and public school systems. Dr. Mia Holland has been teaching and leading in higher education since 2002. She is Visiting Assistant Professor in Psychology for Bridgewater State University and Chairperson for the Studies in Human Behavior programs at Capella University in Minnesota. As a recognized commentator in the field of eating disorders, Dr. Holland has contributed to published pieces for,,, iVillage Health, the “Therapy Times”, and the “Baltimore Examiner”. She has been an invited speaker at Harvard University Medical School on the topic of Eating Disorders and was also selected to present a TEDx talk​ on this topic for Bridgewater State University. Dr. Holland co-authored a child development textbook titled "Insights into Child Development". She provides consultation, conducts trainings/seminars, and delivers presentations in the areas of Education, Eating Disorders, and Juvenile Justice for non-profit organizations, state agencies, academic institutions, and national organizations. Dr. Holland is also a Certified Personal Fitness Trainer and has completed studies in the area of holistic wellness. She is the developer and proprietor of Certified Nutrition and Wellness Center in New Bedford, Massachusetts. Dr. Mia Holland earned her Doctorate in Education from Nova Southeastern University in Child and Youth Studies. Her dissertation resulted in a statewide training for juvenile justice educators in Massachusetts and earned the national honor of Outstanding Applied Dissertation. Dr. Holland’s credentials also include an M.Ed. in Counseling from Bridgewater State University, two years of additional graduate training in Clinical/Behavioral Psychology from the University of Massachusetts, and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts.

Dr. Meghan McCoy

Program Coordinator, Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center
Part-Time Faculty​



Dr. McCoy has been teaching part time in the Bridgewater State University psychology department since January 2012. She earned her B.A. in psychology from Long Island University, her M.Ed. from Bridgewater State, and her Ed.D. from Northeastern University. Dr. McCoy is also the Program Coordinator at the Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center (MARC) at BSU. She works closely with Dr. Englander and BSU students to help bring bullying and cyberbullying research and awareness to K-12 schools in Massachusetts. She has taught a variety of courses including Intro to Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Cross Cultural Psychology, and Abnormal Psychology in addition to her work in the MARC service learning course. Her research interests include social and emotional development of adolescents and teens, digital behaviors, and resilience. 

Dr. Sally Riconscente

Dr. Riconscente joined the BSU psychology department in 2014. She earned her Master Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling and is nationally certified and state licensed in her field. She earned her Ed.D. at Johnson and Wales University. Dr. Riconscente has a special interest in personality and the many ways in which individuals manifest their unique personalities across abnormal psychology, social psychology, and behavior analysis. She also enjoys teaching the introduction to psychology as it engages many students who later major or minor in the discipline. 

Dr. Amanda Shyne
Part-Time Faculty

Dr. Shyne received her PhD from Northeastern University in the fall of 2005. Since completing her dissertation she has taught six different undergraduate courses: Statistics, Research Methods, Introduction to Psychology, Nonverbal Communication, Animal Behavior, and a learning community course in Animal Behavior and Behavioral Economics. Her research focuses on zoo animal welfare and includes interests in the effects of husbandry training on the behavioral time budgets of three species of big cats. She has published a comprehensive meta-analysis looking at the effects of environmental enrichment on stereotypic behavior in zoo mammals. 


Dr. Sue Todd
Professor Emeritus of Psychology
Office Hours: Phone conference by appointment


​Dr. Susan Todd joined the BSU Department of Psychology faculty in 1974. She received her Bachelor’s and Ph.D. degrees from Vanderbilt University. As well as developing many courses in the Psychology curriculum, she has taught a variety of courses, including Biopsychology, Sensation & Perception, Health Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Statistics and Research Methods, and Non-Western Theories of Personality. Dr. Todd has also served as Chair of the Psychology Department, as well as Graduate Program Coordinator. Her primary specialization/research interest has been in the neuroscience of self-regulation, and she developed the Brain Trek Program as a means of introducing students to the importance of self-regulatory processes in academic, personal, and professional success. To support student learning success, she developed and supervised the Department’s Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) program. Although she retired from full-time work in 2014, she remains active and continues to teach as a part time member of the Psychology faculty.