Psychology Professor Co-Authored Case Study for National Center

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Dr. Jamie McMinn, Westminster College associate professor of psychology, co-authored "A Social-Cognitive Exploration of Reactions to Leiby Kletzky's Abduction and Homicide," a case study published by the National Center for Case Study Teaching in the Sciences.

Co-authored with Dr. Dana Dunn of Moravian College in Bethlehem, the study details the case of an eight-year-old boy who was killed and dismembered on his way home from day camp last summer. 

The case challenges students to explore how people have responded to the abduction and homicide and to understand how those responses fit into the explanatory lenses of social psychology and social cognition.  Through such active learning, students will more successfully understand and apply course concepts, not only to a human tragedy but also to their own experiences.

McMinn, who joined Westminster in 2003, earned an undergraduate degree from Emory & Henry College and master's degree and Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh.

Contact McMinn at (724) 946-7121 or email for additional information.

About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College ranks first in the nation as "Best College for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math," according to Westminster, a top-tier liberal arts college, ranks third in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster ranked 6th among liberal arts colleges in social mobility, according to the Washington Monthly College Guide, and is one of the most affordable national liberal arts colleges in Pennsylvania. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 376 Colleges" by The Princeton Review, and is named to the President's Honor Roll for excellence in service learning.

Nearly 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students benefit from individualized attention from dedicated faculty while choosing from 42 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus. Visit to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.

Dr. Jamie McMinn