Social & Behavioral Sciences
- Kimberly Dasch-Yee, PhD
- Michael Markowitz, PhD
- Stacy A. McDonald, PhD
- Stephen E. Medvec, PhD
- Megan L. Meyer, PhD
- Jenai Grigg, PhD
- Leanne R. Owen, PhD
- Rochelle Robbins, PhD
- David C. Whelan, PhD
Title: Assistant Professor of Psychology
BA in Psychology, University of Pennsylvania
MA in Psychology, University of Delaware
PhD in Clinical Psychology, University of Delaware
Dissertation title: Affective Differentiation in Breast Cancer Patients
Office: 308B Holy Family Hall
Courses taught: Statistics for SBS, Quantitative Research Methods, Abnormal Psychology, Child and Adolescent Development, Psychology of Health and Illness
Dasch, K. B., Russell, H. F., Kelly, E. H., Gorzkowski, J. A., Mulcahey, M. J., Betz, R. R., & Vogel, L. C. (2011). Coping in caregivers of youth with spinal cord injury. Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings, 18, 361-371.
Dasch, K. B., Cohen, L. H., Belcher, A., Laurenceau, J.-P., Kendall, J., Siegel, S., Parrish, B., & Graber, E. (2010). Affective differentiation in breast cancer patients. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 33, 441-453.
Dasch, K., Cohen, L., Sahl, J., & Gunthert, K. (2008). Moderating effects
of sociotropy and autonomy on affective and self-esteem reactivity to daily
stressors. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 32, 177-195.
Areas of interest: My research interests focus on stress and coping, particularly the relationship between coping and emotional outcomes on a daily basis. I am especially interested in helping undergraduates conduct their own research, and I hope to help students see the excitement and relevance of statistics and research methods.
Other roles: Co-moderator, Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS) Club; First Year Experience Program Faculty Mentor
Title: Professor of Criminal Justice
BA in Criminal Justice/Political Science, Stockton College
MA in Criminal Justice, Rutgers University
MA, Ph.D. in Sociology, Temple University
Dissertation title: Theoretical Progress in Criminology: A Qualitative Analysis of Major Research Traditions
Office: Holy Family Hall 323D
Courses taught: Introduction to the Criminal Justice System; Victimology; Criminal Law; Corrections; Court System and Court Procedure; Research Methods in Criminal Justice; Introduction to Sociology
Markowitz, M.W., & Salvatore, C. (2009). Exploring race based differences in patterns of life-course criminality. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, Boston, MA.
Hirschinger-Blank, N., & Markowitz, M.W. (2006). An evaluation of a pilot service-learning course for criminal justice undergraduate students. Journal of Criminal Justice Education,17(1), 1-18.
Markowitz, M.W., & Salvatore, C. (2005). Changing situational decision-making among offenders: A preliminary analysis. Corrections Compendium, 30(2), 1-3, 30-31.
Markowitz, M.W. (2003). There’s no place like home: An empirical test of the “safe haven” hypothesis. Corrections Compendium, 28(1), 1-4, 29-30.
Markowitz, M.W., & Jones-Brown, D.D. (Eds.) (2000). The system in black and white: Exploring the connections between race, crime and justice. Westport, CT: Praeger Publishers.
Areas of interest: My main area of research interest is the study of the impact of race on social development, the onset of criminality and the mechanisms of social justice.
Other roles: Mentor in the First-Year Experience Program; Member of the Academic Assessment Committee, Chair of the Ad Hoc Committee on Undergraduate Research.
Title: Assistant Professor of Psychology
BA in Psychology, Holy Family University
MA in Psychology, University of Delaware
PhD in Psychology (Social Concentration), University of Delaware
Dissertation title: Commitment Processes in Interracial and Intraracial Romantic Relationships: An Extension of the Investment Model
Office: 308B Holy Family Hall
Phone: 215 637-7700, ext. 3549
Courses taught: General Psychology, Social Psychology, Research Methods, Advanced Research Methods, Statistics
Recent Publications/Presentations: Direso, S.A., & Gaertner, S.L. (2007, May). Relationship processes in normative and non-normative romantic relationships. Poster presented at the nineteenth annual meeting of the Association for Psychological Science, Washington, DC.
Areas of interest: I am interested in examining what predicts commitment in marginalized and non-marginalized romantic relationships.
Other roles: Co-moderator, Psi Chi National Honor Society in Psychology; Assessment Coordinator, Social & Behavioral Sciences division.
Professor of Political Science
BA in History-Political Science, University of Montana
Fulbright Scholar, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland
MA in Political Science, University of Montana
PhD in Political Science, Temple University
Dissertation title: Obstacles to Economic Integration in Post Communist East Central Europe: A Case Study of the Czech/Slovak Republics and Poland
Office: Holy Family Hall 304
Courses taught:Introductory Politics; American National Government; The Presidency; Introduction to International Relations; American Political Parties; Political Thought; Constitutional Law; Women, Law, & Politics; Comparative Political Systems; Issues in Contemporary American Foreign Policy; International Law & Organization
Medvec, S. (2009). The European Union and expansion to the East: Aspects of accession, problems, and prospects for the future. International Social Science Review, 84 (1 & 2), 66-83.
Medvec, S. (2009). Dred Scott case. Encyclopedia of race and crime. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
Medvec, S. (2008, November). The legacy of 1968: The Prague spring, the invasion of Czechoslovakia, and Poland’s March events. Paper presented at the meeting of the Northeastern Political Science Association, Boston, MA.
Medvec, S. (2006, June). Is the death penalty cruel and unusual punishment under the Eighth Amendment to the United States Constitution? Address given to the National Association of Student Councils (NASC), Philadelphia, PA.
Areas of interest:American politics, the presidency, political parties, and constitutional law; the United Nations, international relations, international law, international commercial law, environmental politics, law of the sea; foreign languages (Czech, French, German, Polish); European politics, European Union, former Soviet-bloc states and the transition from communism to democracy and free-market economies.
Other roles: I am the faculty advisor for Pi Gamma Mu, International Honor Society in Social Sciences, and I serve as the Pre-Law Advisor. I am married to Alexandra, whom I met during my studies in Poland.
Professor of Psychology
BA in Psychology, The College of New Jersey
MA in Experimental Psychology, Temple University
PhD in Brain, Behavior, and Cognition, Temple University
Dissertation title: The perception of non-linear apparent motion paths in displays with obstacles: Evidence for a general solidity constraint and object specific motions.
Office: Holy Family Hall 318
Courses taught: General Psychology; Psychology as a Natural Science; Statistics for Social Sciences; Sensation and Perception; Learning; Research Methods; Junior Seminar; Seminar: Contemporary Issues in Psychology.
DellaPietra, L., Meyer, M. L., McDonald, S., & Dasch-Yee, K. (2012, January). Self-rated class participation: Does mid-semester feedback increase congruency between student and professor ratings? Poster presentation at the 34th Annual Meeting of the National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology (NITOP), St. Pete Beach, FL.
DellaPietra, L., Meyer, M. L., McDonald, S., & Wiechnik, M. (2010, January). Do students overestimate their contribution to class? Accuracy of self-rated class participation. Poster presentation at the 32nd Annual Meeting of the National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology (NITOP), St. Pete Beach, FL.
Meyer, M. L. & Shipley, T. F. (2004, May). The perception of non-linear apparent motion paths in displays with obstacles: Evidence for a general solidity constraint and object specific motions. Poster presentation at the meeting of the Vision Sciences Society (VSS), Sarasota, FL.
Other roles: Co-moderator, Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS) Club and Environmental Club; Co-moderator, Psi Chi International Honor Society in Psychology; Faculty mentor to First-Year (FEXP) class; Co-chaperone for Habitat for Humanity Alternative Spring Break trips to: New Orleans, LA (2007), Miami, FL (2008), Corpus Christi, TX (2009), and Spokane, WA (2010), Bay St. Louis, MS (2011), Tupleo, MS (2012).
Professor of Sociology
BA in Psychology, Rosemont College
BA in Sociology, Rosemont College
MS in Gerontology, University of Massachusetts, Boston
PhD in Gerontology, University of Massachusetts, Boston
Dissertation title: Social Predictors of Driving Cessation among Older Adults: Understanding the Driving Continuum
Office: Holy Family Hall 308B
Courses taught: Introductory Sociology; Social Theory; Marriage and Family; Race, Class, and Gender; Contemporary Social Issues; Aging in America; Sociology of the City; Research Methods; Senior Seminar
Murtha, J. (2007, March). Social predictors of driving cessation among older adults: Understanding the driving continuum. Paper presented at the meeting of the Eastern Sociological Society, New York, NY.
Silverstein, N. M., Sullivan, D. M., Murtha, J., & Jawad, M. H. (2005). The value of a gerontology certificate: A survey of Frank J. Manning alumni, 1980-2001. Gerontology & Geriatrics Education, 26(2), 51-68.
Eberhard, J.W., & Murtha, J. (2004). Older persons’ driving and transportation needs: Key points from a National Telephone Survey. Journal of Safety Research, 22.
Eberhard, J.W., & Murtha, J. (2003). Older persons’ driving and transportation needs: A National Telephone survey and professional survey, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Institute Report.
Silverstein, N.M., Moorhead, J., & Murtha, J. (2001). Reflections on the action research in Gerontology: Faculty, student, and community partner. Gerontology & Geriatrics Education, 22(3), 11-32.
Silverstein, N.M., & Murtha, J. (2001). Driving in Massachusetts: When to stop and who should decide, University of Massachusetts Boston Gerontology Institute and Center Institute Report.
Areas of interest: My current research focus is caregiver burden. Pedagogically,
I am interested in the development and implementation of Service-Learning courses. When
not at school, I enjoy traveling the world, with and without students.
Other roles: Co-moderator, Social & Behavioral Sciences (SBS) Club and Environmental Clubs; Co-chair, Development Committee; Member, General Education Committee; Faculty advisor, Pi Gamma Mu; Faculty mentor, First-Year Experience Program; Faculty coordinator, Rostro de Cristo Ecuadorian retreat; Faculty coordinator, Study Abroad trip to China in July, 2009.
Professor of Criminal Justice
Director, Graduate program in Criminal Justice
BA in Political Science, University of Kansas
MA in Comparative Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Wales
PhD in Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Wales
Dissertation title: Courting Justice In and Out of Court: The Prosecution of Juvenile Offenders in the United States
Office: Holy Family Hall 304
Courses taught: Introduction to the Criminal Justice System; Nature of Crime and Delinquency; Victimology; Corrections; Juveniles and the Law; Introduction to Criminal Investigation; Court System and Court Procedure; Advanced Research Methods in Criminal Justice; Seminar in Criminal Justice; Special Topic: Crime and Punishment in Great Britain; Understanding Violence in Schools
Owen, L. (2009). Juvenile violence. In H.T. Greene & S.L. Gabbidon (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Race and Crime. Los Angeles, CA: Sage Publications.
Owen, L. (2008). School violence. In G. Barak (Ed.), Battleground: Criminal justice. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press.
Owen, L. (2007, March). A perspective on juvenile crime and the murder rate in Philadelphia. Paper presented at the meeting of the Phi Beta Kappa Association of the Delaware Valley.
Owen, L. (2006). Prosecuting juvenile offenders. In B. Sims & P. Preston (Eds.), The handbook of juvenile justice: Theory and practice. NY: Taylor and Francis.
Areas of interest:Prosecutorial discretion; juvenile delinquency and juvenile justice; school violence.
Other roles: Mentor in the First-Year Experience Program; Faculty moderator of Alpha Phi Sigma Criminal Justice Honor Society; Study Abroad trip to London with a “Crime and Punishment in Great Britain” theme in May, 2007.
Title: Professor of Psychology
Office: Holy Family Hall 408E
Phone: 215-637-7700 ext. 3640
Title: Associate Professor of Criminal Justice
BA in Sociology, Wagner College
MCJ in Criminal Justice, Long Island University
Ph.D in Criminal Justice, City University of NY, John Jay College
Dissertation title: “Organized Crime, Sports Gambling and Role Conflict: Victimization and Point-Shaving in College Basketball.”
Office: Holy Family Hall, 305
Courses taught: Introduction to Criminal Justice; Law Enforcement; Corrections; Police and Community Relations; Organized and White-Collar Crime; Race & Crime; Women, Law & Social Control
Whelan, David C. (2008). Gambling: Numbers and Bookmaking. In Frank Shanty (ed.), Organized Crime: From Trafficking to Terrorism. ABC-CLIO: Santa Barbara, CA.
Whelan, David C. (2008). Illegal Gambling and Loansharking. In Frank Shanty (ed.),
Organized Crime: From Trafficking to Terrorism. ABC-CLIO: Santa Barbara, CA.
Whelan, David C. “Organized Crime and Sports Gambling.” Invited presentation to professional personnel and students, Virje University, Amsterdam, Holland (April 2005).
Whelan, David C. “The Rising: How the Port Authority of NY and NJ Police Evolved Into a Full-Service Department.” Paper presented to the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Annual Meeting, Boston, MA (2003).
Whelan, David C., J. Will, W. Wilson and C. Owens. “Every Breath You Take, Every Move You Make: An Evaluation of DUI Breath Testing and Judicial Usability.” Paper presented to the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C. (2001).
Areas of Interest: Organized Crime; Policing; Crime in Sports; Sports Gambling; Criminal Justice Education and Curriculum Issues; Sports Sociology; Drugs & Crime
Welcome to the division of social and behavioral sciences (SBS)! SBS at Holy
Family includes courses in psychology, sociology, criminal justice, and political
science. Courses in the social and behavioral sciences focus on understanding
human behavior within social, political, cultural, and historical contexts.
Our course offerings are diverse and reflect the diversity of interests and
experiences of our faculty. We offer minors in all four subject areas and majors
in psychology, sociology, and criminal justice.
There are 8 full-time faculty members who teach within the SBS division and we are lucky to also have a staff of adjunct faculty whose work experiences significantly enhance their teaching effectiveness and our curriculum. Our faculty is committed to advising and we look forward to answering your questions about courses, careers, and your future.
If you would like further information about our programs or would like to speak to someone about SBS, you may contact either the SBS Coordinator, Dr. Stacy McDonald or the Dean of Arts & Sciences, Dr. Michael Markowitz.
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