Faculty & Staff Directory

Faculty listed alphabetically

Chair: 
Dr. Gregory Shelley
Old Main 386
610-683-4456
shelley@kutztown.edu

Secretary: 
Mrs. Christy 
Derr
Old Main 384
610-683-4455
Fax: 610-683-4467
cderr@kutztown.edu

Graduate Assistants
OM 383-A
610-683-4946
PsychGA@kutztown.edu

  • Dr. Emmanuel Akillas

    Old Main 394
    610-683-1366
    akillas@kutztown.edu 

    He is a licensed clinical psychologist who teaches courses in personality, clinical psychology and psychotherapy. He is the coordinator of the undergraduate clinical internships and supervises master's theses for students in the M.A. counseling psychology degree program. His academic degrees are B.A., American College of Greece; M. A., Ph.D., Temple University. 


    Research Interests: 
    Clinical psychology, therapist-client interaction, clinical training, and critical psychiatry.

  • Professor Raquel Akillas
    Old Main 388 A
    610 683 4464
    rakillas@kuztown.edu
    She has a background in counseling psychology. She teaches general psychology, child psychology, adolescent psychology, lifespan development, abnormal psychology, and psychology of personality. Her academic degrees are B.A., Psychology, Kutztown University, and M.A. Counseling Psychology, Kutztown University. 

    Research interests:  Perceptions of intimate relationships in Emerging Adulthood, Effective learning strategies in higher education, Bereavement, and Substance addiction. 
  • Dr. Michele Baranczyk
    Old Main 393
    610-683-4459
    baranczy@kutztown.edu
    She is an industrial-organizational psychologist who teaches courses in general, experimental and industrial-organizational psychology. Her academic degrees are B.S., University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, M.S. and Ph.D., Colorado State University.

    Research Interests: 
    Industrial-organizational psychology, work-family balance, and gender in the workplace.
  • Dr. Catherine Best
    Old Main 397
    610-683-1507
    best@kutztown.edu 

    She is a developmental psychologist who teaches courses in general, child, and cognitive psychology. Her academic degrees are B.A., Dickinson College, M.S., and Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh. She also completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Center for Cognitive Science at Ohio State University.

    Research Interests: Early cognitive development with a focus on the role of perception and attention on category learning and memory abilities in infants and children with and without autism. 

  • Dr. James Jackson
    Old Main 389-A
    610-683-4462
    jackson@kutztown.edu 
    He is a cognitive-experimental psychologist with special training in the field of gerontology. He teaches courses in general psychology and life span development. His academic degrees are B.A., University of Maryland, M.A., Ph.D., University of Kansas. 

    Research interests: 
    Cognitive aging, social gerontology, and cultural issues.
  • Dr. Jason Lanter
    Old Main 399
    610-683-4458
    lanter@kutztown.edu 
    He is a social psychologist with a background in sport and exercise psychology. He teaches general, experimental, performance, personality, and social psychology. Dr. Lanter is also passionate about the role of athletics in higher education. His academic degrees are B.S., St. Lawrence University, M.A., University of Maryland, Ph.D., Miami University. 

    Research Interests:
     Attitudes and behaviors of sports fans, and social roles for men and women in career and family
  • Dr. Derek Mace
    Old Main 378
    610-683-1368
    mace@kutztown.edu  
    He is an experimental psychologist with expertise in spatial cognition, memory, learning and evolutionary psychology. He teaches a variety of courses including Sensation and Perception, Experimental Psychology and Learning Motivation and Emotion. His academic interests include cognitive neuroscience, statistics, physiological psychology, pedagogy in psychology and the liberal arts. His academic degrees are B.A., Greenville College; M.S., Ph.D., University of Kentucky.  

    Research Interests:
     History of spatial skills including mental rotation and wayfinding, spatial cognition, memory, learning, and evolutionary psychology.
  • Dr. George Muugi
    Old Main 387
    610-683-4460
    muugi@kutztown.edu 
    He is a developmental and educational psychologist who teaches courses in child and adolescent development, educational psychology, culture and personality, and the psychology of prejudice. He actively maintains faculty and students exchanges with Kenya. His academic degrees are B.A., York University; M.A., M. Phil., Ph.D., Columbia University. 

    Research Interests: 
    Developmental, education, culture and personality and psychology of prejudice.
  • Dr. Stephen Oross III
    Old Main 391
    610-683-4461
    oross@kutztown.edu
    He is an experimental psychologist with expertise in perception, developmental neuroscience, and developmental disabilities. He typically teaches courses in sensory perception, physiological psychology, and health psychology. His academic degrees are B.A., University of Dayton; Ph.D. Vanderbilt University. He has completed two postdoctoral fellowships one centered on mental retardation and developmental disabilities at the John F. Kennedy Center at Vanderbilt University and the second on visual perception in the Department of Psychology at Vanderbilt University. Dr. Oross also completed a visiting fellowship on the use of fMRI procedures at Massachusetts General Hospital.  

    Research Interests:
     Assessment of sensory processes in individuals varying in developmental and/or clinical status, explorations of neural bases for sensory differences, and investigating methods of overcoming sensory impairment through learning (related to neuroplasticity) or environmental compensation.
  • Dr. Dennis Rains
    Old Main 398
    610-683-1364
    rains@kutztown.edu   

    He is a licensed clinical psychologist who teaches courses in personality, psychotherapy, neuropsychology and senior seminar. His primary research area relates to the cognitive functioning of individuals who have suffered a brain injury. His academic degrees are B.A., St. John's College; M.A., Graduate Faculty of the New School for Social Research; Ph.D., Cornell University.


    Research Interests: Clinical psychology and neuropsychology.

  • Dr. Judith Rauenzahn
    Old Main 380
    610-683-1367
    rauenzah@kutztown.edu 
    She has a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and a law degree. She teaches courses in abnormal psychology, tests and measurement, and psychology and the law. Her academic degrees are B.A., University of Connecticut; J.D., Boston University Law School; M.S., Ph.D., Purdue University. 

    Research Interests:
     Forensic psychology, psychopathology, sexual abuse, and assault.
  • Dr. Thomas Robinson III
    Old Main 395
    610-683-4463
    robinson@kutztown.edu
    He is a developmental psychologist who teaches courses in child, adolescent, and general psychology as well as the psychology of prejudice. His academic degrees are B.S., Howard University; M.A., Ph.D., Ohio State University. 

    Research Interests: 
    College student retention, ethnic and racial identity, attachment and parenting styles.
  • Dr. Robert Ryan
    Old Main 385
    484-646-4325
    rryan@kutztown.edu

    He is a cognitive psychologist who conducts research in applying principles of learning uncovered by cognitive psychologists to teaching methods. He is also interested in working to improve the reproducibility of psychological science. He has contributed to research published in the journals Science, Cognitive Technology, Computers in Human Behavior, Teaching of Psychology, and Applied Cognitive Psychology. He co-authored a book entitled "Launching a Successful Research Program at a Teaching University." He teaches courses in cognition, research methods, statistics, and general psychology, among others. His academic degrees are B.S. in Music Education, Duquesne University, M.S. and Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology, University of Pittsburgh. 

    Research Interests: Applications of cognitive learning principles to educational practice, methods to improve the reproducibility of research.

  • Dr. Ceyhun (Jay) Sunsay
    Old Main 392 
    610-683-1341
    sunsay@kutztown.edu 
    An experimental psychologist trained broadly in Biopsychology with a concentration on animal learning and its biological basis. His academic degrees are a B.S. from Hacettepe University, Turkey and a Ph.D. from the University of Vermont.

    Research Interests: Disgust and Dehumanization.
  • Dr. Gregory Shelley, Department Chair
    Old Main 386
    610-683-4456
    shelley@kutztown.edu 
    He is an applied social psychologist with expertise in market research and health psychology. His teaching and research interests include social psychology, personality, emotion, nonverbal behavior, quantitative methods, and industrial-organizational psychology. His academic degrees are B.S., Kutztown University; M.A., Ph.D., University of Delaware.  

    Research Interests: 
    Emotions, individual differences, and nonverbal behavior.
  • Dr. Ronald Stoffey
    Old Main 389-B
    610-683-1365
    stoffey@kutztown.edu 
    He is a licensed industrial/organizational psychologist who teaches courses in industrial/organizational psychology, leadership, principles of measurement and statistics. He also supervises undergraduate I/O internships. His academic degrees are B.A., Kutztown University; M.S., Ph.D., Stevens Institute of Technology. 

    Research Interests: 
    Performance appraisal, personnel selection, leadership, and organization development.