Michael Church, Professor of Psychology and Chair of the Psychology Department, 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 a year at the University of Rhode Island, he matriculated to King's and has been teaching full-time since 1976. He mainly teaches courses in Clinical, Social, and Health Psychology. He has co-authored three books and recently completed a solo effort on Avoiders: How They Become and Remain Depressed. He has been in private practice since 1980 with an office in Kingston, PA. He was also the Director of Clinical Psychology at First Hospital for about 30 years which is a 155 bed inpatient psychiatric facility for children through geriatric populations. During those years, he supervised psychological testing and group therapy on the psychiatric units, as well as performing various administrative functions as part of the medical staff.
Jean P. O’Brien
Jean P. O’Brien, Professor of Psychology, received her B.S., M.S, and Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She teaches courses on theories of personality, positive psychology, forensic psychology and juvenile diversion. Her current research interests include self-esteem, narcissism, humor, and gender issues. She has served as a consultant on curriculum development and outcomes assessment at many colleges and universities throughout the United States and has served on numerous Middle States accreditation teams as an assessment evaluator. In addition, Dr. O’Brien also is a member of the faculty team that runs the King’s College Juvenile Justice Mentoring Program.
Jessica Anderson, Assistant Professor of Psychology, 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, Assistant Professor of Psychology, 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, and research methods. 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.