Psychology at Villanova
50th Anniversary

The Villanova University Psychology Department was founded in the 1959-1960 academic year and the M.S. program began in 1961.  During the 2010-2011 academic year we are celebrating!  The capstone of the anniversary year was a two-day event April 8-9, 2011.  Alumni/ae of the psychology B.A. and M.S. programs were featured as speakers and panelists.   A banquet celebrated the achievements of our students and alumni/ae the evening of April 9. 


Information Presented at the 50th Anniversary Celebration
Videos and Photos from the Event
Video and  Photos from the Presentations and Panel

Friday Presentations Photo Album

Presentations Friday Part 1 (Riese)

Presentations Friday Part 2
(Kriegsfeld. DiGiuseppe)

Panel Discussion on Careers

Friday Reception Photo Album

Saturday Presentations Photo Album

Presentations Saturday Part 1 (Rebec)

Presentations Saturday Part 2
(Penn, Ververs)

Presentations Saturday Part 3
(Furr, Romeo)


Video and Photos
from the Banquet


Banquet Social Hour Photo Album

Banquet Ceremony Photo Album

D. Ziegler - Unauthorized History
of the Psychology Department

Ward Award Presentation

Ziegler Award Presentations (1)

Ziegler Award Presentations (2)

Fr. Donohue's Comments
and Closing


Historical Information about the Villanova Psychology Department


VU Psychology History Poster

VU Psychology History Photo Album



Villanova Psychology Department Website

Villanova Psychology Department Facebook Page



Villanova Psychology Department 50th Anniversary
April 8-9, 2011

Presentations and Panel Discussion by Alumni/ae
Poster Presentations by Current Students

Free and open to the public

FRIDAY, APRIL 8   1:00 - 6:30 p.m.

Bartley Hall Auditorium (Room 1011) and Bartley Hall Atrium
Map and Parking


Welcome and Opening Remarks






Dr. Barbara Fiese (MS ’81)
Ph.D., University of Illinois

Professor and The Pampered Chef Ltd. Endowed Chair in Family Resiliency;

Director, Family Resiliency Center, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

The ABC’s of Family Mealtimes:  Opportunities to Promote Health and Well-being through Evidence, Practice and Policy




Dr. Lance Kriegsfeld (MS ’94)
Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University

Associate Professor, Psychology Department & the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute, University of California, Berkeley

Timing is Everything: Circadian Implications for Reproductive and Mental Health

Dr. Raymond DiGiuseppe (BA ’71)
Ph.D., Hofstra University

Professor and Chairperson, Department of Psychology, St. John’s University

Anger as a Clinical Problem




Mr. Paul Allen, Esq (BA ’79)
J.D., University of Pennsylvania

Partner, Obermayer, Rebmann, Maxwell & Hippel, LLP; Co-Chair of the Business & Finance Department; Member of the Firm Management Committee


Dr. Ann Brochin (MS ’85)
Ph.D., University of North Carolina

Private Practice, Wellesley, MA

School and Clinical Psychology

Mr. Thomas Donovan (MS ’77)

Retired Deputy Chief, Fire Prevention Division, Philadelphia Fire Department


Dr. Jane Kasserman (MS ’83)
Ph.D., Vanderbilt University

Principal, RHR International

Management Consulting

Dr. Melinda Parisi (BA ’90)
Ph.D., Fordham University

Director, Eating Disorders Program, University Medical Center at Princeton, Princeton HealthCare System

Clinical/Counseling Psychology

Mr. Wayne Robertshaw (MS ’77)

Senior Vice-President, GfK Custom Research North America

Marketing Research

Mr. Mark Servodidio (BA ’87)
M.S. (Human Resource Development), Villanova University

Chief Administrative Officer, Avis Budget Group, Inc.

Human Resources




SATURDAY, APRIL 9   1:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Bartley Hall Auditorium (Room 1011)
Map and Parking





Dr. George Rebec (BA ’71)
Ph.D., University of Colorado

Chancellor’s Professor, Program in Neuroscience, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences; Director, Program in Neuroscience, Indiana University, Bloomington

From Oranges to Brains:  What We’ve Learned about Vitamin C is Leading to New Therapeutic Targets for Huntington’s Disease




Dr. David Penn (MS ’86)
Ph.D., University of Nebraska

Professor, Psychology Department;  Associate Director of the Clinical Training Program, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Social Cognition and Interaction Training for Schizophrenia

Dr. Patricia May Ververs (BA ’91)
Ph.D., University of Illinois

Staff Scientist, Honeywell Aerospace, Honeywell International, Inc.

Using Psychology for Avionics Design: 

From the Desktop to the Flight Deck


Dr. Michael Furr (MS ’95)
Ph.D., University of California, Riverside

Associate Professor of Psychology, McCulloch Fellow & Director of Graduate Studies, Wake Forest University

Obama, O’Reilly, and the Office:  On Understanding Ourselves, Understanding Others, and Being Understood

Dr. Russell Romeo (MS ’95)
Ph.D., Michigan State University

Assistant Professor of Psychology & the Neuroscience and Behavior Program, Barnard College, Columbia University

Adolescent Development and the Sculpting of the Stress Response

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FRIDAY, APRIL 8  5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
Bartley Atrium

Reception and Poster Session
Posters presented by current students

Matthew J. Pagano & Thomas C. Toppino
Metacognitive Control of Learning: Restudying, Testing, and Spacing

Anna B. Drummey, Lauren Nutile, Lauren Krupa, Anna Beeman, Matthew Pagano, Brian Kemppainen, & Irene P. Kan
Conflict Adaptation Across Tasks: Evidence for Domain-general Cognitive Control

Rebecca J. D’Orazio, David Marino,  Nicole A. Cross, Erica Sciulli, Oby Ibe & Patrick M. Markey
Linking Physical Attractiveness to Perceptions of Humor

Teagan A. Bisbing, Justin M. Sayde, Jared M. Batterman, & Michael F. Brown
Follow the Leader?: Social Influences on Spatial Choices in Rats

Concetta C. Mineo & Nicole Else-Quest
Lessening Lung Cancer Stigma by Increasing Knowledge of Causality

Nicole A. Cross & John E. Kurtz
Direct and Indirect Assessment of Substance Use Problems and College Adjustment

Damien Germino, Lauren Krupa, & Irene Kan
Effects of Environmental Scenes and Sounds on Attention

Hilary L. DeShong, Abbye Bonatsos, Rebecca J. D’Orazio, & Rebecca J. Brand
What is Beautiful is Good, Even Online: Correlations Between Photo Qualities and Text Qualities in Men’s Online Dating Profiles

Hilary DeShong & John E. Kurtz
Differentiating Borderline and Antisocial Personality Disorders using the Four Types of Impulsivity

Lindsey Bupp & John Kurtz
Family Environment and Student Adjustment to College

G.S. Ligon, Z. Leahy, M. Versella, C. Troyan, P. Gibson, S.T. Hunter, & J.E. Boatman
Structure Differences Between Violent and Non-violent Ideological Organizations

Catherine A Sanders, Rebecca M. DeMoor, & John E. Kurtz
Personality Correlates of Generativity among College Students

Catherine A. Sanders & John E. Kurtz
Validation of the PAI Internalizing and Externalizing Dimensions with the Five Factor Model

Justin M. Sayde & Michael F. Brown
Skinner box for bees: A testing system for the study of bee learning and cognition

Nicolas A. Brown & John E. Kurtz
Personality Correlates of College Student Health

Molly McGarvey, Rebecca J. Brand, Meredith Meyer, Bridgette Martin Hard, & Dare Ann BaldwinUtterances Used in Acoustic Packaging are Discriminable Based on Prosody

Christine M. Harron & Matthew S. Matell
Striatal Activity During a Tempo Discrimination Task in the Rat


50th Anniversary Banquet

Saturday, April 9th
Overbrook Golf Club

 The Psychology Department thanks the College of Arts & Sciences, Graduate Studies Office,
the Office of Academic Affairs, and the Cognitive Science Program for their support of this event.