Psychology Professor Presented at Annual Meeting

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Dr. Sandra Webster, Westminster College professor of psychology, and Jerome Flint, senior training associate for JKM Crisis Management, presented research at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association March 1-3 in Pittsburgh.

The research for "Safe Crisis Management: Investigating Trainers' Violence Detection Errors" involved 400 youth and child service providers, including teachers and juvenile system workers, as part of a crisis management re-certification course.  Participants watched video re-enactments of crisis management techniques and indicated which of five types of errors were present. 

The results showed that while participants were very good at not labeling correct techniques as errors, they were not so good at identifying errors.  Flint and Webster concluded that in addition to teaching proper techniques, training programs should add error detection, because individuals who know good techniques do not automatically recognize errors in those techniques.

Webster, who has been with Westminster since 1983, earned undergraduate and master's degrees and Ph.D. from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale.

Contact Webster at (724) 946-7359 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. Sandra Webster