Department of Psychology

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Peter Bachiochi, Ph.D. Luis Cordón, PH.D. Alita Cousins, Ph.D. Jeffrey S. Danforth, Ph.D. James Diller, Ph.D. Carlos A. Escoto, Ph.D. Melanie Evans, Ph.D. Wendi Everton, Ph.D. Madeleine Fugère, Ph.D. Lyndsey K. Lanagan-Leitzel, Ph.D. Jennifer Leszczynski, Ph.D. Margaret Letterman, Ph.D. Kristalyn Salters-Pedneault, Ph.D.

Peter Bachiochi, Ph.D. 
Research Interests Professional Activities
  • Organizational surveys
  • Minority employee recruiting and retention
  • Team leadership
Recent Publications and Presentations

Bachiochi, P., Everton, W., Evans, M. Fugère, M. Escoto, C., Letterman, M., Leszczynski, J. (In press). Using empirical article analysis to assess research methods courses. Teaching of Psychology

Johnson, N., & Bachiochi, P.D. (2009). Choosing the High Road. National Society of Black Engineers Magazine, 21(1), 30-37.

Luis Cordón, Ph.D. 
Research Interests Professional Activities
  • Cognitive reading strategies
  • Cognitive testing
  • Parent-child interactions
  • Cognitive development
Recent Publications and Presentations

Cordón, L. (in progress). All Things Freud. ABC-Clio Press

Cordón, L. (2010, May). The Vacuity of Positive Thinking: a Century of Pop Psychology. Poster presented at the APS Teaching Institute, Boston, MA.

Alita Cousins, Ph.D. 
Research Interests Professional Activities
  • Mate guarding in romantic relationships
  • Women's mate choice
  • Conflict in romantic relationships
Recent Publications and Presentations

Arel, A., & Cousins, A. J. (2011, October). Dating history, sociosexual behaviors, and jealousy. Poster presented at the New England Psychological Association Meeting, Fairfield, CT.

Bibee, R., & Cousins, A. J. (2011, October). Sociosexual orientation on relationship dynamics. Poster presented at the New England Psychological Association Meeting, Fairfield, CT.

Petrella, S., & Cousins, A. J. (2011, October). Partner preferences in current vs. ideal relationship in heterosexual couples. Poster presented at the New England Psychological Association Meeting, Fairfield, CT.

Fugère, M. A., Daniels, J. R., Cousins, A. J., Leszczynski, J. P., Letterman, M. & Escoto, C.A. (2009). Common challenges and best practices for teaching gender and sexuality courses. In Stanovic, J. and Lalic, M. (Eds.) Sexuality and Attitudes

Jeffrey S. Danforth, Ph.D. 
Research Interests Professional Activities
  • Child psychopathology
  • Research on the relationship between Oppositional behavior and ADHD
Licensed Psychologist
Recent Publications and Presentations

Modesto-Lowe, V., Danforth, J. S., Neering, C., & Easton, C. (in press). Can we prevent smoking in children with ADHD: A review of the literature. Connecticut Medicine.

Danforth, J. S., Modesto-Lowe, V., & Neering, C. (2010, May). Behavior Analysis of Cigarette Smoking Among Individuals with ADHD. In J. S. Danforth (Chair), Behavioral Assessment of ADHD Behavior. Symposium presented at the meeting of the Association for Behavior Analysis International, San Antonio, TX.

James Diller, Ph.D. 
Research Interests Professional Activities
  • Behavioral economics
  • Maladaptive choice
  • Treatment integrity
  • Philosophy of radical behaviorism
Certified Behavior Analyst
Recent Publications and Presentations

Anderson, K. G., & Diller, J. W. (2010). Effects of acute and repeated nicotine administration on delay discounting in Lewis and Fischer 344 rats. Behavioral Pharmacology, 21, 754-756.

Brozyna, G., & Diller, J. W. (2010, March). The relation between delay discounting and academic discounting. Poster presented at the 6th annual meeting of the Connecticut Association for Behavior Analysis, Cromwell, CT.

Diller, J. W., Brown, R. M., & Patros, C. H. G. (2011, May). Revisiting Kazdin (1980): Contemporary Treatment Acceptability for Problem Behavior in Children. Poster presented at the 37th annual meeting of the Association for Behavior Analysis International, Denver, CO.

Diller, J. W., Gale, M. M., & Patros, C. H. (2010). An initial investigation of delay discounting and cardiovascular reactivity. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 39 (Supplement), S110, (Abstract 3010).

Diller, J. W., Gale, M. M., & Patros, C. H. (2010, April). The Relation between Impulsive Choice and Cardiovascular Reactivity. Paper presented at the 31st annual meeting of the Society for Behavioral Medicine, Seattle, WA.

Diller, J. W., Patros, C. H. G., & Prentice, P. R. (2011). Temporal discounting and heart rate reactivity to stress. Behavioral Processes, 87, 306-309. doi:10.1016/j.beproc.2011.05.001

Diller, J. W., Patros, C. H., & Gale, M. M. (2010, May). An investigation of delay discounting and cardiovascular reactivity. Presentation at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavior Analysis International, San Antonio, TX.

Patros, C. H. G., & Diller, J. W. (2011, May). Inconsistent response patterns in a computerized temporal discounting task. Poster presented at the 37th annual meeting of the Association for Behavior Analysis International, Denver, CO.

Carlos A. Escoto, Ph.D. 
Research Interests Professional Activities
  • Health Psychology
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Personality and Psychoneuroimmunology
Recent Publications and Presentations

Bachiochi, P., Everton, W., Evans, M. Fugère, M. Escoto, C., Letterman, M., Leszczynski, J. (In press). Using empirical article analysis to assess research methods courses. Teaching of Psychology

Escoto, C. (2011). Health psychology undergraduate international course, Nepal: A report. International Psychology Bulletin

Escoto, C. (2011). Graduate school preparation tips. Eye on Psi Chi,15, 16-17.

Escoto, C. (2011). A modern example of a complete career in psychology. PsycCRITIQUES,56(12).

Escoto, C. (2011, October). Grad School 101 New England Psychological Association, Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT.

Escoto, C. (2011, June). Epidemiology, Pathogenesis and Medical Treatments of HIV and AIDS Little Angels College, Kathmandu, Nepal.

Escoto, C. (2011, March). Applying to Graduate School in Psychology; A Mini-Workshop Eastern Psychological Association Conference, Cambridge, MA.

Escoto, C. (2011, March). Epidemiology, Pathogenesis and Medical Treatments of HIV and AIDS; Implications for Psychology Argosy University, Los Angeles, CA.

Escoto, C. (2010, October). Grad School 101 New England Psychological Association, St. Michael's College, Colchester, VT.

Escoto, C. (2010, March). Epidemiology, Pathogenesis and Medical Treatments of HIV and AIDS; Implications for Psychology Argosy University, Los Angeles, CA.

Escoto, C. (2010, March). Applying to Graduate School in Psychology; A Mini-Workshop Eastern Psychological Association Annual Meeting, New York, NY.

Escoto, C. (2009, November). HIV and Latinos Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA

Escoto, C. (2009, October). Preparing for Graduate School as an Undergraduate 49th Annual Meeting of the New England Psychological Association, Worcester, MA.

Etaugh, C., Wellman, P., Escoto, C., Miller, R., Seifert, C. & Welch, S. (2009). Test Bank Volume 2 for Schacter, Gilbert and Wegner's Psychology

Fugère, M. A., Daniels, J. R., Cousins, A. J., Leszczynski, J. P., Letterman, M. & Escoto, C.A. (2009). Common challenges and best practices for teaching gender and sexuality courses. In Stanovic, J. and Lalic, M. (Eds.) Sexuality and Attitudes

Melanie Evans, Ph.D. 
Research Interests Professional Activities
  • Child and adolescent development across diverse ethnic groups
  • Self-image
  • Peer relationships - including friendship quality, bullying behavior, and cross-racial friendships
Certified Family Life Educator
Recent Publications and Presentations

Bachiochi, P., Everton, W., Evans, M. Fugère, M. Escoto, C., Letterman, M., Leszczynski, J. (In press). Using empirical article analysis to assess research methods courses. Teaching of Psychology

Fouts, H., Roopnarine, J. L., Lamb, M., & Evans, M. (in press). Infant social partners and multiple caregivers: The importance of ethnicity and socio-economic status. Journal of Cross Cultural Psychology.

Brown, T. L., Linver, M. R., & Evans, M. (2010). The role of gender in the racial and ethnic socialization of African American adolescents. Youth and Society, 41(3), 357-381.

Brown, T. L., Linver, M. R., Evans, M., & DeGennaro, D. (2009). African-American parents' racial and ethnic socialization and adolescent academic grades: Teasing out the role of gender. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 38(2), 214-227.

Evans, M., & Brown, T. (2009, April). Examining social and emotional development of adolescent girls: Program assessment of the Girls Leadership Institute. Poster presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research on Child Development, Denver, CO.

Wendi Everton, Ph.D. 
Research Interests Professional Activities
  • Aspects of ethical behavior: use of technology at work
  • Student behavior
  • Links between management and employee behavior
Recent Publications and Presentations

Bachiochi, P., Everton, W., Evans, M. Fugère, M. Escoto, C., Letterman, M., Leszczynski, J. (In press). Using empirical article analysis to assess research methods courses. Teaching of Psychology

Everton, W. J. (2010). "Don't sleep in class" and other advice from students. The Industrial-Organizational Psychologist, 47(3), 21-24.

Everton, W. J. (2010, April). What do Students want a Professor to do? In J. Lyon, Chair, The Data-Driven Classroom: Scholarly Teaching and Scholarship of Teaching. Symposium presented at the 25th Annual Conference of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Atlanta, GA.

Madeleine Fugère, Ph.D. 
Research Interests Professional Activities
  • Affirmative action
  • Human attraction
Recent Publications and Presentations

Fugère, M. A., Daniels, J. R., Cousins, A. J., Leszczynski, J. P., Letterman, M. & Escoto, C.A. (2010). Common challenges and best practices for teaching gender and sexuality courses. In Stanovic, J. and Lalic, M. (Eds.) Sexuality Education and Attitudes, Hauppague, NY: Nova Science Publishers.

Fugère, M. A., & Sianez, D. M. (in press). Reviewing major concepts in research methods through an experimental activity and class discussion. Manuscript accepted for publication, in Skott, B. and Ward, M. (Eds). Research Methods Through Active Learning. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Bachiochi, P., Everton, W., Evans, M., Fugère, M. A., Escoto, C., Letterman, M., & Leszczynski, J. (2011). Using empirical article analysis to assess research methods courses. Teaching of Psychology, 38(1), 5-9. doi: 10.1177/0098628310387787

Harrington, E., & Fugère, M. A. (2010). Perceived racism as a predictor of depression, anxiety, and cultural mistrust. Modern Psychological Studies, 16(1), 70-81.

Sianez, D., Fugère, M. A., & Lennon, C. A. (2010). Technology and engineering education students' perceptions of hands-on and hands-off activities. Research in Science & Technological Education, 28(3), 291-299.

Cousins, A., Fugère, M., & Franklin, M. (2009). Digit ratio (2D:4D), mate guarding, and physical aggression in dating couples. Personality and Individual Differences, 46(7), 709-713.

Letterman, M. R., Bachiochi, P., Everton, W., Escoto, C., Evans, M., Fugère, M. A., & Leszczynski, J. (2009). Using empirical article analysis to assess Research Methods courses. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Society, San Francisco, CA.

Lyndsey K. Lanagan-Leitzel, Ph.D. 
Research Interests Professional Activities
  • Visual attention
  • Visual search
  • Lifeguard surveillance
Recent Publications and Presentations

Lanagan-Leitzel, L. K. (2011). What events are critical for a lifeguard to monitor? An examination of responses by instructors, lifeguards, and non-lifeguards. Poster presented at the 11th Annual Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society, Naples, FL.

Lanagan-Leitzel, L. K. (2010). Lack of agreement in identifying critical events (targets) in lifeguarding. Poster presented at the 18th Annual Meeting of the Object Perception, Attention, and Memory conference, St. Louis, MO.

Lanagan-Leitzel, L. K. & Moore, C. M. (2010). Do lifeguards monitor the events they should? The International Journal of Aquatic Research and Education, 4(3), 241-256.

Lanagan-Leitzel, L. K. (2009). Effect of object history on stationary target detection among moving stimuli. Poster presented at the 17th Annual Meeting of the Object Perception, Attention, and Memory conference, Boston, MA.

Jennifer Leszczynski, Ph.D. 
Research Interests Professional Activities
  • Masculinity, femininity, and gender development
  • Peer interactions across the lifespan
  • Eating disorders
  • Contextual influences on behavior and thoughts
Recent Publications and Presentations

Bachiochi, P., Everton, W., Evans, M. Fugère, M. Escoto, C., Letterman, M., Leszczynski, J. (In press). Using empirical article analysis to assess research methods courses. Teaching of Psychology

Fugère, M. A., Daniels, J. R., Cousins, A. J., Leszczynski, J. P., Letterman, M. & Escoto, C.A. (2009). Common challenges and best practices for teaching gender and sexuality courses. In Stanovic, J. and Lalic, M. (Eds.) Sexuality and Attitudes

Leszczynski, J. (2009). A state conceptualization: Are individuals' masculine and feminine personality traits situationally influenced? Personality and Individual Differences, 47, 157-162.

Leszczynski, J. P., & Mehta, C. (May, 2010). How gender stereotypes influence a person's masculinity and femininity in particular contexts. Presented at the American Psychological Society's 22nd Annual Convention, Boston, MA.

Leszczynski, J. P., & Strough, J. (August, 2009). Are masculine and feminine personality traits situationally influenced? Presented at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association, Toronto, Ontario.

Margaret Letterman, Ph.D. 
Research Interests Professional Activities
  • Memory, learning, and teaching methods and styles
  • Multicultural issues in education & acculturation
Recent Publications and Presentations

Bachiochi, P., Everton, W., Evans, M. Fugère, M. Escoto, C., Letterman, M., Leszczynski, J. (In press). Using empirical article analysis to assess research methods courses. Teaching of Psychology

Fugère, M. A., Daniels, J. R., Cousins, A. J., Leszczynski, J. P., Letterman, M. & Escoto, C.A. (2009). Common challenges and best practices for teaching gender and sexuality courses. In Stanovic, J. and Lalic, M. (Eds.) Sexuality and Attitudes

Letterman, M., Clifford, M., & Brown, J. (2010, April). The Psychology of Major Choice and Wage Differentials Between Black Women and White Women in Connecticut CSU Faculty Research Conference

Letterman, M., Clifford, M., & Brown, J. (2010, February). The Psychology of Major Choice and Wage Differentials Between Black Women and White Women in Connecticut Eastern Economic Association Annual Conference

Letterman, M., Clifford, M., & Brown, J. (2009, October). The Psychology of Major Choice and Wage Differentials Between Black Women and White Women in Connecticut International Atlantic Economic Association Conference

Kristalyn Salters-Pedneault, Ph.D. 
Research Interests Professional Activities
  • PTSD
Licensed Psychologist
Recent Publications and Presentations

Salters-Pedneault, K., Ruef, A., & Orr, S. P. (in press). Personality and psychophysiological profiles of police officer and firefighter recruits. Personality and Individual Differences.

Fuse, T., Salters-Pedneault, K., & Litz, B. T. (in press). Cognitive-behavioral therapy for posttraumatic stress disorder. In M. Reinecke & S. Hofmann (Eds.) Cognitive-behavioral therapy with adults: A guide for assessment, conceptualization, and intervention. Oxford: Cambridge University Press.

Tull, M. T., & Salters-Pedneault, K. (in press). An overview of assessment methods for anxiety, the anxiety disorders, and related processes: Self-report, interview, and laboratory-based methods. In G. Kinrys & P. Renshaw, (Eds.) Understanding anxiety. New York: Taylor & Francis.

Salters-Pedneault, K., Steenkamp, M., & Litz, B.. (2010, June). Does suppression interfere with the emotion regulation system? Examining the effects of suppression on cognition, emotion, and behavior. In D. Sloan & A. Kring (Chairs), Emotion regulation and psychopathology: From science to practice. Symposium conducted at the World Congress of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Boston, MA.

Salters-Pedneault, K., Steenkamp, M., & Litz, B. T. (2009). Suppression. In D. Sloan & A. Kring (Eds.) Emotion regulation and psychopathology (pp. 137-156). New York: Guilford.

Treanor, M., Salters-Pedneault, K., & Roemer, L. (2010, June). The effect of an acceptance-based behavioral therapy on emotion dysregulation in GAD. In A. M. Hayes (Chair), Emotion avoidance in disorders with recurrent negative thinking (GAD and Depression) - From the lab to the therapy room. Symposium conducted at the World Congress of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Boston, MA.

Salters-Pedneault, K. & Steenkamp, M. (2009, November). Examining adjustment to trauma: A longitudinal study of emotion regulation, psychopathology, and functional impairment after a sexual assault. In K. L. Gratz (Chair), Innovative approaches to the investigation of emotion-regulation difficulties in diverse forms of psychopathology and functional impairment. Symposium conducted at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, New York, NY.

Sege, C. S., Levy, H. & Salters-Pedneault, K. (2009, November). Behavioral inhibition and activation in Vietnam Veterans with and without PTSD. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, New York, NY.

Arditte, K. A., Sege, C. S., Steenkamp, M., Salters-Pedneault, K. & Litz, B. T. (2009, November). Perpetrator intimacy and mental health: An exploration of effects in a sample of sexual assault survivors. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, New York, NY.

Handa, S., Steenkamp, M., Salters-Pedneault, K., & Litz, B. T. (2009, November). Emotion dysregulation predicts peritraumatic dissocation in sexual assault survivors. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. New York, NY.

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