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Psychology

Students in the Psychology program will learn the methods and skills that enable them to evaluate published research and think critically about their own ideas and those of others. They are prepared to apply these methods to the problems of community and of the larger society. They are capable of tolerance for the views of others and able to appreciate the value of diversity.

With skilled mental health professionals in increasing demand as practitioners, the Psychology program at RWU prepares students to pursue graduate study in Psychology and other fields, or to enter any number of careers where these skillsets are applicable, including human resources, management, marketing, education and the mental health professions.

Roger Williams University offers a Bachelor of Science as well as a 4 + 1 B.A./M.A.in Psychology, with the master's portion of the degree in forensic psychology.

 

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. To encourage the development in our students of a deep and broad knowledge base in the discipline of Psychology
  2. To help students to develop skills needed to design and evaluate research
  3. To foster critical thinking in our students
  4. To enhance students’ appreciation of diversity
  5. To promote students’ awareness of ethical issues in Psychology
  6. To prepare students for success in a wide‐range of careers, including graduate study
Rita DeOliveira
Adjunct Professor
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Rita DeOliveira

Rita
DeOliveira
Adjunct Professor
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Casey Comstock, PhD, LMHC
Adjunct Professor
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(401) 254-3035

Casey Comstock

Casey
Comstock
PhD, LMHC
Adjunct Professor
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(401) 254-3035
Matt Zaitchik, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology and Department Chair
A.B. Brown University, M.A., Ph.D. University of Connecticut
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x5333
FCAS 105

Matt Zaitchik

Matt
Zaitchik
Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology and Department Chair
A.B. Brown University, M.A., Ph.D. University of Connecticut
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x5333
FCAS 105
Donald Whitworth, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology
B.A. Roger Williams University, M.A., Ph.D. University of Rhode Island
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x3509
FCAS 109

Donald Whitworth

Donald
Whitworth
Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology
B.A. Roger Williams University, M.A., Ph.D. University of Rhode Island
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x3509
FCAS 109
Laura L. Turner, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psychology
B.A. University of Connecticut, M.S., A.B.D., Ph.D. Pennsylvania State University
Contact Information
x3517
FCAS 106

Laura L. Turner

Laura L.
Turner
Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psychology
B.A. University of Connecticut, M.S., A.B.D., Ph.D. Pennsylvania State University
Contact Information
x3517
FCAS 106

Teaching interests:

  • Child Development (Psychology 211)
  • Social and Emotional Development (Psychology 335)
  • Cognitive Development (Psychology 336)
  • Research Methods (Psychology 340)
  • Experimental Psychology (Psychology 440)
  • Child and Family Policy
  • Human Behavior in Perspective (Core 103 – an interdisciplinary exploration of the social sciences)
  • Families in Society (Core 457 - an interdisciplinary Core senior seminar)

Research interests:

Charles Trimbach, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology
B.A. University of Rhode Island, Ph.D. Princeton University
Contact Information
x3238
FCAS 118

Charles Trimbach

Charles
Trimbach
Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology
B.A. University of Rhode Island, Ph.D. Princeton University
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x3238
FCAS 118
Becky Spritz, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psychology
B.S., M.S., Ph.D. Pennsylvania State University
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x3664
Stonewall IV, Room 101

Becky Spritz

Becky
Spritz
Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psychology
B.S., M.S., Ph.D. Pennsylvania State University
Contact Information
x3664
Stonewall IV, Room 101
Judith Platania, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology
B.A. Marist College, M.S., Ph.D. Florida International University
View Curriculum Vitae »
Contact Information
x5738
FCAS 104
Areas of Expertise: 
Prosecutorial misconduct, capital sentencing decisions

Judith Platania

Judith
Platania
Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology
B.A. Marist College, M.S., Ph.D. Florida International University
sites/default/files/faculty-staff/cv/cv_platania.pdf
Contact Information
x5738
FCAS 104
Areas of Expertise: 
Prosecutorial misconduct, capital sentencing decisions
Alejandro Leguizamo, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psychology
B.A. Boston University, M.A., Ph.D. University of Michigan
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Contact Information
x3834
FCAS 108
Areas of Expertise: 
Multicultural aspects of sexual aggression and sex offender treatment. Risk assessment with ethnically-diverse sex offenders, exposure to, and use of, pornography

Alejandro Leguizamo

Alejandro
Leguizamo
Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psychology
B.A. Boston University, M.A., Ph.D. University of Michigan
sites/default/files/faculty-staff/cv/alejandro_leguizamo_cv_2014.pdf
Contact Information
x3834
FCAS 108
Areas of Expertise: 
Multicultural aspects of sexual aggression and sex offender treatment. Risk assessment with ethnically-diverse sex offenders, exposure to, and use of, pornography
Frank DiCataldo, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psychology, Graduate Program Coordinator
B.S. College of the Holy Cross, M.S., Ph.D. Saint Louis University
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Contact Information
x7252
FCAS 100

Frank DiCataldo

Frank
DiCataldo
Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psychology, Graduate Program Coordinator
B.S. College of the Holy Cross, M.S., Ph.D. Saint Louis University
sites/default/files/faculty-staff/cv/frank_dicataldo.pdf
Contact Information
x7252
FCAS 100