Psychology Faculty



 

Kirk Lunnen


Associate Professor
Phone: 724-946-7203
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Dr. Lunnen holds a doctorate in clinical psychology and is a licensed clinical psychologist. He teaches Introduction to Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Psychological Assessment and Forensic Psychology. His research areas include psychotherapy process/outcome, biofeedback, obsessive-compulsive disorder and critical incident stress management.  Dr. Lunnen has earned the 2013-2014 Henderson Lectureship Award for his research on the effects of pain on athletic performance.
 


 

Jamie McMinn


Associate Professor/Associate Dean of Academic Affairs
Phone: 724-946-7121
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Dr. McMinn is a social psychologist and teaches the second semester of the Senior Capstone. His research interests include group diversity and training, and the ways groups improve future performance by reflecting on past performance (team self-correction).  He serves as the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and program chair for the Society for the Teaching of Psychology (APA).
 


 

Mandy Medvin


Professor/Chair and Director, Preschool Lab
Phone: 724-946-7360
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Dr. Medvin is a developmental psychologist who teaches Child and Adolescent Psychology, Adulthood and Aging, and Developmental Psychopathology. Her research is in the areas of aggression, social development, and stress and coping. She is currently examining cyberbullying in American and Israeli students.  She is the holder of the Gibson-Drinko endowed Chair and the Director of the Lab Preschool. Dr. Medvin and Dr. Camardese of the Education department coordinate the interdisciplinary minor Childhood Development.
 


 

Sherri Pataki


Associate Professor
Phone: 724-946-7361
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Dr. Sherri Pataki is a social psychologist who specializes in research methodology and experimental social psychology. She teaches Introduction to Psychology, Personality, Psychology of Women, Psychology of Prejudice, and advanced research courses. Her primary research interests are in the areas of interpersonal relationships and issues related to cross-cultural understanding, diversity, and prejudice.
 


 

Sandra Webster


Professor
Phone: 724-946-7359
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Dr. Webster is an experimental psychologist with a secondary specialization in statistics. She teaches Research Methods and Statistics, and Capstone I. Her research areas include emotion, metacognition, diversity, and teaching with technology.  She received the Westminster College Distinguished Faculty award in 2012, is an elected representative to the Council on Undergraduate Research and has held two Fulbright Lectureships (in Nigeria and South Korea).
 


 

Deanne Buffalari


Assistant Professor/Co-Director, Neuroscience Major
Phone: 724-946-7358
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Dr. Buffalari is a neuroscientist.  She teaches Introduction to Psychology, Learning and Memory, and Behavioral Neuroscience.  Her research is focused on the transition from adaptive to maladaptive behaviors, with a specific focus on the biological bases of stress disorders and addiction.  She uses behavioral, pharmacological, and cellular approaches.   Dr. Buffalari co-directs the interdisciplinary Neuroscience major with Dr. Katherine Robertson of the Biology Department.
 

 

 

 

Stephanie Richman

 
Visiting Instructor
Phone: 724-946-6240
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Dr. Richman is a social psychologist.  She teaches Introduction to Psychology and Social Psychology.  Her primary research areas are in the areas of social exclusion, self-concept change, and interpersonal relationships.  She is currently examining the effects of disliked others on the self-concept.