Michael Church, Professor of Psychology graduated from California State University of Fullerton in 1970 with a BA in Psychology. He graduated from the University of Miami with MS and Ph.D. degrees in Psychology in 1974 and 1975, respectively. After teaching for a year at the University of Rhode Island, he matriculated to King's and has been teaching full-time since 1976. Dr. Church mainly teaches courses in clinical, personality, and industrial psychology. He has co-authored six books on various topics such as: subtle suicide, dysfunctional relationships, stress management, and health psychology. His solo effort was Avoiders: How They Become ad Remain Depressed. He has been in private practice since 1980, with an office in Kingston, PA. He was Director of Clinical Psychology at First Hospital for 35 years, where inpatient psychiatric patients were treated. He performed and supervised psychological testing and group therapy there. Currently, he conducts forensic evaluations in numerous counties w involve criminal, personal injury, and parental fitness cases.
Jessica Anderson, Associate Professor of Neuroscience and the Neuroscience Program Director, earned her Ph.D. in Behavioral Neuroscience from Binghamton University and her M.A. in Psychology from the University of Connecticut. She teaches courses such as Psychopharmacology, Brain and Behavior, Psychological Statistics and Senior Seminar in Psychology. In addition to teaching, Dr. Anderson runs a Biological Psych/Behavioral Neuroscience laboratory, which utilizes a rodent model to research the consequences of early life exposure to readily available drugs. In particular, the lab is interested in the long-term consequences of drugs such as sugar, fat, alcohol and caffeine during adolescence on adult behaviors (such as motivation and addiction). Her research also focuses on the neurobiological mechanisms that underlie these behavioral impairments.
Christopher D. Aults
Christopher D. Aults, Associate Professor of Psychology and Chair of the Psychology Department, earned his Ph.D. and M.A. from Florida Atlantic University and his B.S. from Penn State. He teaches courses in developmental psychology, cognitive psychology, statistics, research methods, and senior seminar. His research interests are primarily in the field of social development, specifically investigating physiological, social, and cognitive factors that contribute to externalizing and internalizing behaviors in children and adolescents. Dr. Aults also serves as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Child and Family Studies, an international, peer-reviewed journal for topical issues pertaining to the behavioral health and well-being of children, adolescents, and their families.
Corinne Kiessling, Assistant Professor of Neuroscience, earned her PhD and MS from Binghamton University, and a BS from Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania. She teaches introductory and advanced neuroscience courses including Neuroscience Introduction I & II, Drugs and Behavior, Research Methods in Neuroscience, Senior Seminar, and topical seminars. Her research interests focus on the neurobiological underpinnings of Parkinson's disease symptoms and treatment outcomes. Her approach for studying these questions can be described as functional neuroanatomy and neuropharmacology. How does a particular brain structure, neurotransmitter system, or pharmacological target modulate a particular behavior?
Victoria C. Estrada-Reynolds
Victoria C. Estrada-Reynolds, Assistant Professor of Psychology, earned her Ph.D. from the University of Wyoming and her B.A. and M.A. from the University of Texas at El Paso. She teaches introductory and upper-level psychology courses such as introduction to psychology, cognitive psychology, forensic psychology, social psychology, statistics for the behavioral sciences, research methods, and a topical seminar investigating racial prejudice. Dr. Estrada-Reynolds' research focuses on racial stereotypes, prejudice, and discrimination, legal psychology, and the intersection of the two. Specifically, she is interested in factors that bias legal decisions, identifying types of racial prejudice, and examining ironic effects in prejudice research.
Dr. Jennifer Welgosh, State Certified School Psychologist for the Wilkes-Barre Area School District and Adjunct Professor of Psychology, earned her Ph.D., Ed.S., and M.A. from Marywood University and her B.S. from Kingâ€™s College. She teaches introductory and upper-level courses including introduction to psychology, school psychology, and health psychology. Dr. Welgosh's research interests include sexual behavior, sexual harassment, discrimination, and diversity efforts. She is also the project manager of the Family And Community Enrichment Services Program (FACES) for the Wilkes-Barre Area School District which focuses on connecting students and families to services they may need.