Department of Psychology Directory


Eric Stouffer

Eric Stouffer

Professor

 
A.A., Hagerstown Community College
B.A., Shepherd College
M.A., Towson University
Ph.D, McGill University
 
MCHS 2142
estouffe@bloomu.edu
570-389-4473

"After beginning college wanting to study creative writing, I took a Theories of Personality course for better character development and quickly became interested in psychology. I then became a psychology major during my junior year.”

“What I find most fulfilling about teaching is helping students achieve their academic and life goals and watching students grow and evolve throughout their years in the psychology program.”

Courses

PSYCH 160 Applied Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences
PSYCH 281 Experimental Psychology: Methodology 
PSYCH 282 Experimental Psychology: Applications
PSYCH 375 Psychology of Learning
PSYCH 406 Psychology Seminar
PSYCH 466 Independent Study

Kevin Ball

Kevin T. Ball

Professor
Jessica S. and Stephen R. Kozloff Fellow

 
B.A., Bloomsburg University
Ph.D., Indiana University (Bloomington)
 
MCHS 2110
kball@bloomu.edu
570-389-4513

“I changed my major from Business Administration to Psychology after my sophomore year because I imagined that I would be miserable if I pursued a career in business.”

“I enjoy training young researchers who might someday pursue important lines of research in a health-related field.”

Courses

PSYCH 101 General Psychology 
PSYCH 160 Applied Statistics 
PSYCH 281 Experimental Psychology: Methodology 
PSYCH 282 Experimental Psychology: Applications
PSYCH 380 Behavioral Neuroscience
PSYCH 406 Psychology Seminar
PSYCH 466 Independent Study

 

Joseph Tloczynski

Joseph G. Tloczynski

Professor

 
B.A., Bloomsburg State College
M.A., West Chester University
Ph.D., Lehigh University
 
MCHS 2117
tloczyn@bloomu.edu
570-389-4472

“Although I had always been interested in finding an occupational vehicle focused on helping others, it was not until I dropped out of college at 17 years of age, and spent the next four years working, that I came to the conclusion that psychology would be the best fit for being that occupational vehicle and also taking into account my varied interests. I returned to college at 21 years of age, a lot more focused and majoring in psychology.”

“My advice to students is essential meaning and purpose comes from essential self-awareness.”

Courses

PSYCH 101 General Psychology
PSYCH 160 Applied Statistics
PSYCH 390 Special Topics in Applied Psychology
PSYCH 476 Principles of Behavior Modification
PSYCH 436 Theories of Personality
PSYCH 406 Psychology Seminar
PSYCH 466 Independent Study
PSYCH 131 Psychology of Adjustment

Jeffrey Leitzel

Jeffrey D. Leitzel

Associate Professor

 
B.S., Pennsylvania State University
M.A., Marywood College
Ph.D., Marywood University
 
MCHS 2116
jleitzel@bloomu.edu
570-389-4232

Courses

PSYCH 131 Psychology of Adjustment
PSYCH 160 Applied Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences
PSYCH 210 Lifespan Psychology
PSYCH 211 Early Child Development
PSYCH 212 Adolescent Development
PSYCH 235 Introduction to Abnormal Psychology
PSYCH 254 Psychological Aspects of Social Issues
PSYCH 464 Advanced Experimental Design

 

Mary Katherine Waibel-Duncan

Mary Katherine Waibel Duncan

Professor, Joan and Fred Miller Distinguished Professor of Good Work

 
B.A., Bryn Mawr College
M.S., Ph.D. , Vanderbilt University
 
MCHS 2111
mduncan@bloomu.edu
570-389-4469

“I chose to major in Experimental Psychology with a concentration in the Neural and Behavioral Sciences at the end of my freshman year. My coursework, fieldwork, and research experiences helped me to appreciate how psychological theories and research translated into best practices for promoting positive youth development.”

“My advice to students is to get to know your faculty. The opportunity to spend time with purposeful people was one of the greatest gifts of my undergraduate and graduate educations. Surround yourself with people who love what they do, do it exceptionally well, and find meaning in doing it for the benefit of others.”

Courses

PSYCH 160 Applied Statistics
PSYCH 211 Early Child Development
PSYCH 327 Positive Psychology
PSYCH 337 Developmental Psychopathology
PSYCH 390 Special Topics in Applied Psychology
PSYCH 466 Independent Study

Nancy Giles

Nancy Giles

Assistant Professor

 
B.A., University of North Texas
M.A., University of West Florida
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison
 
MCHS 2114
ngiles@bloomu.edu
570-389-4283

“One of the things about being a college professor that I most enjoy is talking with students about research, hearing their ideas and reactions, and what they think should have been done or should be done as a next step in the research.”

“The advice I have for undergraduates who are interested in psychology but who are not sure what they want to focus on or do is take advantage of opportunities to talk with professors outside of class and be involved in their projects. Also, ask instructors of the courses you are most interested in to recommend books and articles for you to read and discuss with them.”

Courses

PSYCH 212 Adolescent Development
PSYCH 309 Cognitive Development
PSYCH 321 Psychological Tests and Measurements
PSYCH 406 Psychology Seminar

 

Brooke Hansen

Brooke Hansen

Temporary Faculty

 
B.A., Bloomsburg University
M.S., Bucknell University
 
MCHS 2123
bhansen@bloomu.edu

“I indicated Psychology as my study of interest as an incoming freshman. At the time, I was interested in becoming a high school guidance counselor, and was still a bit unsure if I would change my major to education... I knew I was in the right place during [my] General Psychology course. I really enjoyed the information, found myself bringing up concepts during casual interactions with friends, and I did well in the courses for the major.”

“I find it most fulfilling when students share that something we have discussed in class has given them insight into a situation in their own lives. It is gratifying to observe that very applied marker of growth.”

Courses

PSYCH 335 Psychological Disorders
PSYCH 131 Psychology of Adjustment

Winona Cochran

Winona J. Cochran

Professor

 
A.S., Dalton Junior College
B.S., University of Tennessee
M.S., Ph.D., University of Georgia
 
MCHS 2103
wcochran@bloomu.edu
570-389-4474

"What I find most fulfilling about teaching is watching students grow, learn, and mature.”

“I would advise students to take as many psychology course as possible to get exposure to all areas of psychology.”

Courses

PSYCH 160 Applied Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences
PSYCH 253 Social Psychology

 

Jennifer Johnson

Jennifer A. Johnson

Professor

 
BA, Bucknell University
Ph.D., McGill University
 
MCHS 2122
jjohnson@bloomu.edu
570-389-4635

“I decided to switch my major to Psychology after taking and loving Introduction to Psychology in college. I was a second semester sophomore. Because I studied abroad in France the first semester of my junior year, I only started the Psychology major in the second semester of my junior year.”

“My advice to students is rather than searching for one ‘soul mate’ career, build skills like written and oral communication, critical thinking, and working well in teams that will help you in a variety of careers.”

Courses

PSYCH 160 Applied Statistics
PSYCH 281 Experimental Psychology: Methodolog
PSYCH 282 Experimental Psychology: Applications
PSYCH 360 Cognitive Psychology
PSYCH 406 Psychology Seminar
PSYCH 466 Independent Study

Mary Jo Larcom

Mary Jo Larcom

Assistant Professor

 
B.A., Bloomsburg University
M.S., Ph.D., Brandeis University
 
MCHS 2141
mlarcom@bloomu.edu
570-389-4479

“I really enjoyed my science classes in elementary, middle, and high school, and I knew that, in college, I wanted to major in a science. In [PYSCH 101], I learned how psychology is a science and how it uses the scientific method to study the mind and behavior.”

“My advice to students is to get as many and as diverse experiences as you possibly can…Part of knowing what your purpose is also knowing what it isn’t. If you try something and find that it’s not for you, you shouldn’t view that experience as a waste of your time. Most likely, you will have learned something from that experience that will help you in the future, either personally or professionally.”

Courses

PSYCH 160 Applied Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences
PSYCH 210 Lifespan Psychology
PSYCH 253 Social Psychology
PSYCH 281 Experimental Psychology: Methodology
PSYCH 282 Experimental Psychology: Applications
PSYCH 406 Psychology Seminar
PSYCH 466 Independent Study

 

John Waggoner

John E. Waggoner

Professor

 
B.A., Shippensburg State College
M.S., Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University
 
MCHS 2124
jwaggone@bloomu.edu
570-389-4478

“I chose psychology as a major in my sophomore year in college. I could have just as easily chosen to major in History, or Philosophy, or English, since I was equally interested in all of them, and since each of them deals with ‘human nature’, in its own way. However, since Psychology was the most ‘scientific’ of them, I chose it as a major. Research satisfies my innate drive to solve puzzles and to seek explanations for things that interest me.”

My advice to students: “Do what you find interesting, not just what puts money in your pocket.”

Courses

PSYCH 211 Early Child Development
PSYCH 401 History of Psychology

Amy Covill

Amy Covill

Associate Professor

 
B.A., Colgate University
M.Ed., Ph.D., University of Washington
 
MCHS 2138
acovill@bloomu.edu
570-389-4990

“I had always wanted to be a teacher and my interest in how people learn (or fail to learn) sparked my interest in the formal study of human learning and effective educational practice. My interest in the development of literacy, and especially the development of writing skill, arose through my employment as a Research Assistant on NIH-funded research during graduate school.”

 

“My advice to students is be open to trying new things. If you start down a path that does not make you happy, there is nothing wrong with changing course.”

Courses

PSYCH 211 Early Child Development 
PSYCH 309 Cognitive Development
PSYCH 360 Cognitive Psychology 
PSYCH 406 Psychology Seminar
PSYCH 466 Independent Study 

 

Marion Mason

Marion G. Mason

Professor

 
A.A., Oklahoma City Community College
B.S., Southern Nazarene University
Ph.D., The Ohio State University
 
MCHS 2115
mmason@bloomu.edu
570-389-4910

“Throughout high school I was drawn to helping professions, and like so many, changed my focus many times. While taking classes to prepare for a career in health care, I was required to take Lifespan Psychology. Human Development, by Diane Papalia, convinced me to completely change my focus to adult development, and to look toward a career in academic.”

“My greatest satisfaction comes from teaching, advising, and mentoring students. I believe the search for purpose is an active one. It includes experiencing a wide array of courses, conversations, and experiences. My advice is to push yourself out of your comfort zone.”

Courses

PSYCH 101 General Psychology
PSYCH 218 Principles of Gerontology
PSYCH 311 Adulthood and Aging 
PSYCH 341/342 Theory and Practice of Academic Psychology 

Marnie Yeick

Marnie Yeick

Department Secretary

 
MCHS 2102
myeick@bloomu.edu
570-389-4471

“The most fulfilling part of being here in the Psychology Department at BU is definitely helping my students. These young adults become my students too.”

“My advice is simple:  See your advisor!!  As much as I want to help, there are just things I do not know. Your advisors are definitely more knowledgeable about your academic career here at Bloomsburg University.”

 

Julie Kontos

Julie M. Kontos

Professor
Department Chair

 
B.A., M.S., Ph.D., University of Georgia
 
MCHS 2103
jkontos@bloomu.edu
570-389-4471

Courses

PSYCH 375 Psychology of Learning
PSYCH 281 Experimental Psychology: Methodology
PSYCH 282 Experimental Psychology: Applications
PSYCH 160 Applied Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences

Brett Beck

Brett Beck

Professor

 
A.A., Faulkner State Junior College
B.A., University of West Florida
Ph.D., University of Alabama
 
MCHS 2139
bbeck@bloomu.edu
570-389-4471

“I chose to study psychology when I was an adolescent. It was a strong value in our family to help others in need so I was attracted to this field as a way of accomplishing that goal.”

“One of the things I find very fulfilling about my job is that I get to share my culture… I have a very social job that allows me to interact with young people in a very positive way. In most of my school relationships with students, I get to listen to them share their passionate plans about their future.”

Courses

PSYCH 101 General Psychology
PSYCH 131 Psychology of Adjustment
PSYCH 390 Special Topics in Applied Psychology
PSYCH 406 Psychology Seminar
PSYCH 439 Introduction to Clinical Psychology
PSYCH 466 Independent Study
PSYCH 497 Psychology Practicum