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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.

Our student learning outcomes center on encouraging the development in our students of a deep and broad knowledge base in the discipline of Psychology. We also provide a foundation to develop skills needed to design and evaluate research, we foster critical thinking in our students, enhance students' appreciation of diversity, promote students' awareness of ethical issues in Psychology, and prepare them for success in a wide range of careers, including graduate study.

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
Becky Spritz, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology / Director of University Honors Program

B.S., M.S., Ph.D. Pennsylvania State University

Contact Information
x3664
Stonewall IV, Room 101

Becky Spritz

Becky
Spritz
Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology / Director of University Honors Program

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

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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

Dr. Platania will be on sabbatical leave during the fall 2015 semester. You can contact her via email at jplatania@rwu.edu. 

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_2015.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
Jacquline Cottle, Ph.D
Associate Professor of Psychology

B.A., M.S. Lamar University
Ph.D. Texas Tech University

Contact Information
x3773
FCAS 101

Jacquline Cottle

Jacquline
Cottle
Ph.D
Associate Professor of Psychology

B.A., M.S. Lamar University
Ph.D. Texas Tech University

Contact Information
x3773
FCAS 101
Bonita Cade, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psychology

B.A. University of Michigan
M.A. Roosevelt University
Ph.D. Iowa State University
J.D. Washington University School of Law (St. Louis)

Contact Information
x5347
FCAS 132

Bonita Cade

Bonita
Cade
Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psychology

B.A. University of Michigan
M.A. Roosevelt University
Ph.D. Iowa State University
J.D. Washington University School of Law (St. Louis)

Contact Information
x5347
FCAS 132
Kelly Brooks, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Psychology

B.A. Grand Valley State University
M.A., Ph.D. University of Rhode Island

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Contact Information
x3382
FCAS 116
Areas of Expertise: 
Social psychology, gender, multicultural issues, sexuality, prejudice and discrimination

Kelly Brooks

Kelly
Brooks
Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Psychology

B.A. Grand Valley State University
M.A., Ph.D. University of Rhode Island

sites/default/files/faculty-staff/cv/kelly_brooks_cv_fall_2014.pdf
Contact Information
x3382
FCAS 116
Areas of Expertise: 
Social psychology, gender, multicultural issues, sexuality, prejudice and discrimination
Garrett Berman, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology

B.S. State University of New York
M.S., Ph.D. Florida International University

Contact Information
x3341
FCAS 107
Areas of Expertise: 
Eyewitness testimony, confidence inflation, legal safeguards, juror decision making, interrogation techniques

Garrett Berman

Garrett
Berman
Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology

B.S. State University of New York
M.S., Ph.D. Florida International University

Contact Information
x3341
FCAS 107
Areas of Expertise: 
Eyewitness testimony, confidence inflation, legal safeguards, juror decision making, interrogation techniques