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Sherri P. Pataki

Sherri P. Pataki


Psychology Faculty

(724) 946-7361

Campus Location:
   Hoyt Science Resources Center
Mailbox: 110


About Me

Dr. Sherri Pataki received her PhD in social psychology from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA.  She received a B.S. from Allegheny College, Meadville, PA where she graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa.    

Dr. Pataki joined the faculty of Westminster College as a Visiting Professor of Psychology in 2004.   In 2006, she was promoted to Assistant Professor of Psychology and coordinator of the Peace Studies Program.   In 2012, she was promoted to Associate Professor of Psychology.  She currently teaches:  Psychology of Prejudice, Psychology of Women, Personality, Research Methods and Analysis, Introduction to Psychology, Introduction to the Liberal Arts, an Advanced Peace Studies Seminar, and Senior Studies Research Seminars.

Dr. Pataki is the 2007 recipient of the Mary Roth Walsh Teaching the Psychology of Women Award presented by Division 35 of the American Psychological Association for curricular innovation related to diversity.


Abbas, R., Vaknin-Nusbaum, V., Pataki, S.P. & Ilaiyan, S. (2017).  What do they want from my life?: Parent-child relationships as perceived by Druze Adolescents in Israel.  Poster presented at the Society for Intercultural Education, Training, and Research, SEITAR Europa Congress 2017, Dublin, Ireland.

Pataki, S.P. & Abbas, R. (2017).  Balancing work, family, and community roles among Arab women living in Israel. Paper presented at the “Education for Gender Equality in the Arab Sector as Leverage for Social Change” conference at the Arab Academic College, Haifa, Israel.

Folberg, A. M., Ryan, C.S., Abbas, R., & Pataki, S.P. (2017). Traditionalism and workplace preferences among Arab and Jewish Israeli women. Poster presented at the annual conference of the Society for Industrial/Organizational Psychology. Orlando, Florida.

Pataki, S.P., Robison, K.M., & Altman, T.R.  (2016). Lessons learned from teaching Psychology of Women to incarcerated women.  Psychology of Women Quarterly, 40(4), 582-586.

Pataki, S.P. & Abbas, R. (2015).  Continuity and change in Americans’ perception of Arab women in the Middle East. Poster presented at the American Psychological Association Division 35 (Society for the Psychology of Women) International Summit, Toronto, ON.

Pataki, S.P. (2015).  Continuity and change in perceptions of the “other”.  Invited lecture presented at the Arab Academic College in Haifa, Israel and Western Galilee College, Akko, Israel.

Juarez, C., Ryan, C.S., Abbas, R., & Pataki, S. P. (2014, June).  Role expansion versus role conflict among employed Arab Israeli women.  Paper presented at the 10th Biennial Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues convention, Portland, OR.

Pataki, S. P., & Garfinkel, L.M. (2014, March).  Multi-layered mentoring and service learning within a Psychology of Women class.  Workshop presented at the annual conference of the Association for Women in Psychology, Columbus, OH.

Pataki, S.P., Fathelbab, S., & Clark, M.S., Malinowski, C.H. (2013). Communal strength norms in the United States and Egypt.  Interpersona: An International Journal on Personal Relationships, 7(1), 77-87.  doi:10.5964/ijpr.v7i1.110

Pataki, S. P. (2013).  Balancing intimate connection and personal growth for women in their 20s [Review of the book Hard to Get: Twenty-Something Women and the Paradox of Sexual Freedom]. PsycCRITIQUES, 58(38).

Pataki, S.P. Abbas, R. & Ryan, C. (2013). Finding the bridge between modern life and traditional society: Druze women in Israel. Paper presented at the 38th Annual Conference of the Association for Women in Psychology, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Pataki, S.P. & Mackenzie, S.A. (2012).  Modeling social activism and teaching about violence against women through theatre education.  Psychology of Women Quarterly, 36(4), 500-503.