In The Spotlight

-In addition to TWO Fulbright awards (see below). This is a competitive award given by Women in Cognitive Science which comes with a monetary prize funded by NSF that must be spent in support a female trainee. Dr. Kan was nominated by a former mentee.  More on this award can be found at  The official presentation of the award will occur at the Psychonomic Society Conference in November.
Congratulations to Irene!

Morgan Reid, a Junior Psychology Major, was given access to the publication's first Under 30 Summit in Boston.  Congratulations, Morgan! more info...

We are proud to welcome our new faculty!  Dr. Christian Thoroughgood is an assistant professor in HRD. Christian is originally from the Philadelphia area and received his Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Penn State University in 2013. He worked for several years as an Assistant Professor of Management in Northeastern University's D'Amore-McKim School of Business in Boston before taking a position as an Assistant Professor of Psychology and Human Resource Development at Villanova. Christian studies leadership, diversity and stigmatization, positive psychology, and the “dark” side of organizational behavior. He teaches Introduction to Industrial/Organizational Psychology at the undergrad level and several courses, including Human Resource Metrics and Research and Organizational Change Management, at the graduate level. 
Dr. Elizabeth (Betsy) Pantesco
is a visiting assitant professor who is teaching Psychology classes. Betsy is a Clinical Health Psychologist, whose research focuses on the relationships among sleep, psychosocial factors, and risk markers for cardiometabolic disease in healthy populations, and clinical interests are in cognitive-behavioral-based sleep and health interventions.  She is originally from central New Jersey, and previously taught at Rowan University.  Outside of work, Betsy loves music, sports, and spending time with her husband and toddler. 

We extend a warm welcome to our new Post-Doctoral Fellow, Dr. Laura Getz!

Villanova Center for Access, Success and Achievement (CASA) selected Dr. Sawyer as the inaugural awardee for the Provost's new student-nominated Teaching and Engagement Excellence Award for faculty with a focus on diversity and inclusion. 

Influential addiction models propose that drug addicted individuals have an over-activated motivational system for ‘wanting’ a drug, have an underactived pleasure system for ‘liking’ natural rewards, and develop the habit of drug taking. These models agree that drug-associated cues trigger these behaviors. Although it has been well established that behavior is shaped by the time between conditioned cues and their outcomes, this project will be the first to directly study the influence of unconscious temporal expectations on drug craving and drug seeking processes.  

Rachel Schlegel, a Cognitive Behavioral Neuroscience major attended the Queen’s University Belfast Summer Institute. Participants in these programs get the opportunity to experience an academic program at a highly regarded UK University, explore the culture, heritage and history of the UK and develop their academic ability by improving presentation, research and communication skills.

Congratulations to Dr. Irene Kan, Associate Professor of Psychology, who was selected for an All Disciplines Fulbright Scholar Award at the University of Toronto, Ontario (Fall 2016) and a Fulbright Visiting Research Chair award at the University of Lethbridge, Alberta (Spring 2017).  While at University of Toronto, Dr. Kan will be collaborating with scientists at the U of T Department of Psychology and the Rotman Research Institute, examining the cognitive architecture and neural bases of human memory.  While at the University of Lethbridge, Dr. Kan will be collaborating with researchers at the Department of Neuroscience and the Canadian Centre for Behavioural Neuroscience, investigating the neural underpinnings of cognitive control and memory monitoring processes.

Dr. Charles Folk, Professor of Psychology, recently presented an invited keynote address at the Israeli Cognitive Psychology Conference in Tel Aviv Israel.   The title of the presentation was “Conditional Automaticity in Attention Allocation and Response Selection.”

We are proud to announce that Dr. Katina Sawyer, Assistant Professor of Psychology, was one of two winners of this award, which is granted to a faculty member within the APA who exhibits exemplary teaching in the area of gender and psychology and who also highlights the importance of intersectional identities within their course assignments and curriculum. 

Dr. Janette Herbers, Assistant Professor of Psychology, and her colleagues received a grant from the William Penn Foundation to support a large, community collaborative project focused on young children experiencing family homelessness. The Building Early Links for Learning (BELL) project seeks to enhance the developmental friendliness of emergency housing, and to better understand and remove barriers that keep young homeless children from reaping the benefits of early education. Young children who experience family homelessness are less likely to be ready for kindergarten, and many do not enroll in quality preschool programs that can help prepare them for success in the early school years. The project involves collaboration between the Philadelphia Office of Supportive Housing, People’s Emergency Center, Public Health Management Organization, researchers from Rutgers University-Camden, University of Delaware, and the Cloudburst Group, and the Children’s Workgroup-Early Childhood Committee, which includes family housing providers and others who serve families experiencing homelessness.