We have asked a few of our recent Psychology PhD alumni to help our current and prospective students by sharing their career choices and the paths they took to get there. Below you see examples of the careers they have chosen (so far). You’ll see, our PhD grads become scientists in many different settings. These graduates are happy to answer questions and provide advice to you, and so their email addresses are also provided. Please feel free to contact them!
Tenure-track in Universities
Heather Brenhouse, PhD 2005, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Northeastern University
Heather Brenhouse has worked in the academic and industrial sectors, and studies the development of the brain and of brain-immune interactions through early life and adolescence. She began teaching during her postdoctoral fellowship and realized a love for teaching that led her to a career as a professor. She now directs the Developmental Neuropsychobiology Laboratory and teaches courses including “Brain, Behavior, and Immunity,” “Clinical Neuroscience,” and Seminars in Biological Psychology.
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Rachel Theodore, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychology, University of Connecticut
Research in our lab examines phonetic variation, focusing on (1) linguistic factors that contribute to systematic phonetic variation in the acoustic signal of speech and (2) a theoretical understanding of the perceptual mechanisms that support language comprehension with respect to phonetic variation. Our lab broadly considers these questions within the frameworks of linguistics, psychology, and cognitive science. We use a variety of experimental paradigms to examine how listeners map the speech signal onto individual consonants and vowels – the building blocks of larger linguistic units such as words and phrases. One crosscutting theme of our perception research is the degree to which language comprehension is shaped by input in the environment, both with respect to perceptual learning in end-state representations as well as plasticity underlying acquisition of speech sound categories in development.
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Jeremy Jamieson, PhD 2009, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Rochester
To better understand how social stress impacts our lives, Dr. Jamieson’s research examines the psychological and biological forces that impact decisions, emotions, and performance.
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Mollie Ruben, PhD 2014, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS) University
Dr. Mollie A. Ruben is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS) University where she teaches psychology courses to future healthcare professionals such as health psychology and nonverbal communication. Dr. Ruben earned her PhD in Psychology at Northeastern University where she developed a strong background in doctor-patient communication, measuring and quantifying nonverbal behavior, creating standardized tests to evaluate physicians’ interpersonal skill, and meta-analysis. Dr. Ruben is a certified and reliable Facial Action Coding System (FACS) and Roter Interaction Analysis (RIAS) coder. Dr. Ruben uses these coding systems to examine the impact of providers’ communication style on patient health outcomes, with a particular interest in ameliorating the physical pain experience for patients. Additionally, Dr. Ruben is interested in doctor-patient communication among sexual and gender minorities. She was a predoctoral fellow at the Fenway Institute and continues to study sexual and gender minority patient experiences within the Veterans Healthcare Administration.
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Amanda Carey, PhD 2010, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Simmons College
“My current research examines how a high fat diet can affect behavior and brain functioning and the cognitive and neurological benefits of eating high antioxidant berries. However, these two research tracks are not mutually exclusive. I’m engaged in projects investigating if blueberry and raspberry supplementation of a high fat diet can prevent impairments in spatial memory and novel object recognition. I’m also researching if supplementation with berries can increase plasticity in the brains of mice fed high fat diet.”
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Danielle Blanch Hartigan, PhD 2011, MPH, Assistant Professor, Department of Natural and Applied Science, Bentley University
Danielle Blanch Hartigan, PhD, MPH is an Assistant Professor of Health Studies in the Department of Natural and Applied Sciences at Bentley University in Waltham, MA, with interdisciplinary research and teaching interests in psychology and public health. Danielle holds a PhD in Psychology from Northeastern University, a Masters in Public Health from Harvard School of Public Health and completed postdoctoral training as a Cancer Prevention Fellow in the Behavioral Research Program and Office of Cancer Survivorship at the National Cancer Institute. Her interdisciplinary research in psychology and public health aims to understand patient perceptions and improve patient-centered care through better communication. She studies patient-centered care, patient perceptions of their healthcare experience, cancer survivorship, nonverbal communication, gender and person perception accuracy. Danielle currently teaches health psychology and nonverbal behavior.
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Tenure-track in Liberal Arts Colleges
Allison Seitchik, PhD 2013, Assistant Professor of Psychology, School of Arts and Sciences, Merrimack College
“My primary research interest is in how different external or internal factors influence behavior. This interest leads to two avenues of research. The first is motivation and performance. Specifically, I study how various psychological factors (e.g., stereotype threat, internal/external evaluation, goals) impact motivation, which then impacts either cognitive or motor performance. The second is the effect of implicit biases and stereotypes on behavior. For instance, I examine juries and how implicit biases impact their decision-making process.
I have taught a variety of courses including: Research Methods, Group Dynamics, Sport Psychology, Personality, and a Social Psych Seminar on Social Threats (e.g., social evaluation, stereotype threat, choking under pressure, ostracism).”
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Leah Dickens, PhD 2010, currently Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology, Bowdoin College, 2016/17 academic year; beginning fall 2017, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Kenyon College
“I study how different emotional experiences (mainly positive ones like gratitude and pride) impact people’s social behavior and relationships. I teach classes mainly within the realm of social psychology, but also teach intro, psychology of emotion, and positive psychology.”
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Tenure-track/tenured in Business Schools
Krista Hill, PhD 2013, Assistant Professor of Marketing at Babson College
Dr. Hill’s research background is in service recovery. Specifically, she examines the factors that render apologies and service recovery strategies more effective. This research has multiple implications for customer relationship management and the methodological skills involved in this research (i.e., meta-analysis, measuring nonverbal behavior, turning qualitative data into quantitative data) have many applications. Dr. Hill is also interested in consumer affect. Currently, she is working on several projects exploring the affective state of curiosity as well as emotional contagion and mimicry. Finally, Dr. Hill has an interest in applying much of this work in the healthcare field. She currently collaborates with researchers at Brigham and Women’s hospital, developing trainings for surgeons on apology and disclosure after a medical error. Professor Hill teaches several courses including Principles of Marketing, Marketing Research, and Consumer Behavior.
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Susan A. Andrzejewski, PhD 2009, Executive Director of the Entrepreneurship & Small Business Institute (ESBI) and Associate Professor of Marketing in the Martin V. Smith School of Business & Economics at California State University Channel Islands
Susan Andrzejewski’s research lies at the intersection of consumer behavior and social psychology. The foundation of much of this work stems from the idea that psychological principles strongly influence what happens in the consumer marketplace. This work has been published in numerous marketing and psychology journals.
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Full-time (non-tenure track) Teaching Positions
Stefanie Tignor, PhD 2016, Visiting Assistant Professor of Marketing, Northeastern University
Stefanie Tignor’s research examines the self-conscious emotions–particularly guilt and shame–and their influence on moral and prosocial behavior. Her work has been published in the Journal of Personality, Personality and Individual Differences, and the Journal of Public Policy and Marketing. Stefanie has taught Consumer Behavior, Introduction to Marketing, and Personality Psychology.
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Amy DiBattista, PhD 2008, Lecturer, Department of Psychology, Northeastern University
“I teach a range of courses in the cognition area of psychology, including lecture and laboratory courses in cognition and psycholinguistics and psycholinguistics special-topics courses. As a lecturer, I teach three courses each in the fall and spring semesters. My dissertation research was on the influence of conceptual factors on syntactic structure in language production, and I am currently conducting follow-up projects related to that work.”
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Tom Morrison, PhD 2016, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Psychology, Northeastern University
“I am interested in the neural circuits of anxiety and aggression and their connection with various diseases associated with cerebrovascular dysfunction such as Alzhiemer’s disease and epilepsy. In the past, I have instructed research methods in psychology courses and I have also served as a teaching assistant for similar courses that focused on fMRI methods and aggression research.”
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Jolie Baumann Wormwood, PhD 2012, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Psychology, Northeastern University
Dr. Wormwood’s research focuses on the role of affect and emotion in risk perception and risky decision making. She utilizes techniques from social cognition, vision science, and peripheral psychophysiology to examine, not only how affect is related to fundamental processes underlying decision making (such as what the body is doing and perception), but also how these same processes come into play when making more complicated decisions (e.g., deciding whether or not to shoot a potentially armed individual). Her teaching specialties include social psychology and research methods.
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Paul Condon, PhD 2014, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Psychology, Northeastern University
“My research lies at the intersection of social psychology, health psychology, and affective science with the goal to understand the psychological processes that underlie personal and community well-being. In particular, I study how pro-social emotions and contemplative practices, including meditation, shape positive communal outcomes (e.g., bystander intervention, forgiveness, inclusivity, relationship formation) and health-related outcomes (e.g., cardiovascular recovery from stress, craving and desire, social connectivity and supportive relationships). My teaching experience and interests span core classes such as research methods, statistics, and introductory psychology, and specialized topics such as the science of meditation and its effects on mind and body and compassion and social justice.”
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Eric C. Anderson, PhD 2015, Postdoctoral Scholar, Center for Applied Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Tufts University
“My core research explores how affective feelings influence experience: perceiving faces and eating food. Additional projects leverage social and affective science into contexts with real world implications: predicting how people will respond to stressful experiences and developing interventions to reduce anxiety.”
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Industry/Government Research Positions
Glen Coppersmith, PhD 2008, Founder and CEO, Qntfy
“I diverged from the traditional academic path, taking algorithms from the ivory tower and applying them to real world problems on real world data (unruly as such data is). This means that I generally approach challenges by examining the entire ecosystem in which a piece of technology is meant to exist and assist. I find my self equally often addressing User Experience issues with human processes as I do optimizing analytics and designing clever schemes for obtaining supervision in naturally occurring data.
I am the founder and CEO of Qntfy (pronounced “quantify”), a software company that combines capabilities rarely found under one roof: data science to construct research hypotheses, automated data collection from non-traditional and traditional sources, and the ability to build complex data-driven systems. We translate data science and machine learning into practical, patient centered solutions.
I’m also an independent consultant on a range of data science related work, including various DARPA data science programs and some engagements with my friends at The Data Guild.”
To email Glen, click here.
Eric Solomon, PhD 1999, Brand and Creative Strategy Director for Google
Eric Solomon is a Brand & Creative Strategy Director for Google, working to help leading organizations tell their brand stories in the digital space and developing industry thought leadership on the future of storytelling through video.
Prior to this role at Google, Eric was the Global Director of Brand Strategy for Spotify in New York and the Head of Creative Strategy & Insights for YouTube in San Bruno, California. Eric entered the world of branding through the door of academia, earning his Ph.D. in psychology prior to working at top creative ad agencies in San Francisco.
He has spent nearly 20 years studying the intersection between motivation, persuasion, brands, and human behavior. Somewhere in between he wrote record and restaurant reviews for a small newspaper in Boston.
To email Eric, click here.
Scott H. Gabree, PhD 2004, Engineering Psychologist, John A. Volpe National Transportation Systems Center, US Department of Transportation
“I am the manager of the grade crossing safety and trespass prevention research program for the Surface Transportation Human Factors Division. In this role I provide guidance and assist in the development and evaluation of safety countermeasures and programs for the US rail system. Current research is focused on modeling driver behavior at highway-rail grade crossings, better understanding rail trespassing, and identifying effective solutions to prevent suicide attempts on the rail network.”
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Rebecca Markunas, PhD 2010, Program Analyst, Safety Measurement and Analysis Division, John A. Volpe National Transportation Systems Center, US Department of Transportation
“My division at Volpe performs safety analysis, business process redesign, performance and program effectiveness measurement, and communications and outreach to support safety management systems. We conduct assessments of safety programs and develop methods to measure the effectiveness of Federal Motor Carrier safety initiatives (i.e., roadside inspections, compliance reviews, etc.). Currently, I am both a project manager and a technical contributor to my division’s work portfolio. Previously at Volpe my research focused on mitigating human factors issues associated with both aviation and surface transportation.”
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Tracy Lennertz, PhD 2010, Engineering Psychologist, John A. Volpe National Transportation Systems Center, US Department of Transportation
Tracy Lennertz conducts applied research in aviation human factors. Her work focuses pilot-controller communication and unmanned aircraft systems. She also provides expertise on experimental design and analysis.
Contact Tracy at 617.494.2945.