Faculty

Dr. Paul Bruno

Professor, Philosophy

Office: O'Connor Hall, Room 254
Phone Number: 508.626.4880
Email: pbruno@framingham.edu

Education:
B.A., M.A., & Ph.D.  Boston College

Courses Taught:
Invitation to Philosophy, Logic, Social & Political Philosophy, Ethics, Modern Philosophy.

Scholarship:

The Science, Politics, and Ontology of Life-Philosophy (New York: Bloomsbury), 2013.

Kant’s Concept of Genius: Its Origin and Function in the Third Critique (London: Continuum International Publishing Group), 2010.

Dr. Maggie Campbell Obaid

Assistant Professor, Psychology

Office: O'Connor Hall, Room 257
Phone Number: 508.626.4861
Email: mobaid@framingham.edu

Education:  

Ph.D., M.A., Clark University, Worcester, MA; B.A. Framingham State University, Framingham, MA

Courses Taught:

General Psychology, Cultural Psychology, Social Psychology, Research Methods I and II, Empirical Thesis in Psychology.

Bio and Research Interests:

Originally from central Massachusetts, Dr. Obaid received her bachelor's degree in psychology from Framingham State University, with a concentration in human services and a minor in English.  She then spent a year working for Boston University and the Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veteran's Hospital in Bedford, Massachusetts.  In 2009, she began a doctoral program in social psychology at Clark University, receiving her M.A. in 2012 and her Ph.D. in 2015.  Dr. Obaid has a wide range of research interests involving the areas of peace, violence, social responsibility, and political psychology.  She is particularly interested in how people's worldviews (including their religious beliefs and beliefs about good and evil) relate to their political attitudes regarding violent and non-violent policies.

Dr. Joseph D'Andrea, Chair

Associate Professor, Philosophy

Office: O'Connor Hall, Room 260
Phone Number: 508.626.4883
Email: jdandrea@framingham.edu

Education:
A.B. Holy Cross; M.A. & Ph.D. Boston University

Courses Taught:
Invitation to Philosophy, Introduction to Ethics, Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of the Nineteenth Century, Contemporary Philosophy.

Dr. Robert Donohue

Professor, Psychology

Office: O'Connor Hall, Room 259
Phone Number: 508.626.4875
Email: rdonohue@framingham.edu

Education:

Ph.D. University of Florida; B.A. University of Massachusetts; 

Courses Taught:

General Psychology,  Child Psychology, Research Methods I & II, Senior Thesis, Cognitive, Biopsychology

Dr. Mirari Elcoro

Assistant Professor, Psychohlogy

Office: O'Connor Hall, Room 241
Phone Number: 508.215.5796
Email: melcoro@framingham.edu

Education:

B.A., Andres Bello University, Caracas, Venezuela; M.S., Ph.D. West Virginia University

Courses Taught:

Introduction to Psychology, Learning and Behavior, Physiological Psychology, Research in Psychology, and Topics in Neuroscience.

Bio and Research Interests:

Dr. Elcoro is a Governor’s Teaching Fellow from the Institute of Higher Education at the University of Georgia, and has been nominated to the Georgia Regents’ Excellence in Teaching Award by Armstrong State University (Savannah, GA) where she taught for nine years. She is also a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA-D). Dr. Elcoro serves in the editorial board of the Mexican Journal of Behavior Analysis.

Within the experimental analysis of behavior Dr. Elcoro is interested in the study of temporal control, delay of reinforcement, behavioral pharmacology, and resurgence of operant behavior. Also, within applied behavior analysis, areas of interest are the assessment and reduction of problem behavior and resurgence of operant behavior. Dr. Elcoro is also interested in the intersections between behavior analysis and neuroscience and in the scholarship of teaching and learning.

 

 

Dr. Anna Flanagan

Professor, Psychology

Office: O'Connor Hall, Room 252
Phone Number: 508.626.4870
Email: aflanagan@framingham.edu

Psi Chi National Honor Society Faculty Advisor

Education:
Ph.D. & M.A. University of Denver; B.A. Wellesley College

Courses Taught:
General Psychology, Honors General Psychology, Psychology of Development, Child Development, Adolescent Development, Psychology of Women, Educational Psychology, Research Methods I & II, Thesis, Senior Seminar.

Bio and Research Interests:

Dr. Flanagan's specialty is developmental psychology with a particular focus on children and adolescents.  Dr. Flanagan's research interests include attachment relationships with parents/peers/romantic partners, the influence of media, educational psychology, and gender issues.

Dr. Flanagan has taught at Framingham State ever since graduating from her doctoral program.  In that time, she has taught over 10 different courses, participated in the Honors and Foundations programs, served as Department Chair for five years, and is currently a faculty advisor to Psi Chi.

Dr. Paul Galvin

Associate Professor, Psychology

Office: O'Connor Hall, Room 240
Phone Number: 508.626.4890
Email: pgalvin1@framingham.edu

Education:
B.A. Hendrix College; M.A. & Ph.D. Texas Christian University

Courses Taught:
General Psychology, Cognitive, Research Methods I & II, Senior Thesis, Psychological Testing, Health Psychology, History & Systems

Bio:

Professor Galvin identifies as a Health and Positive Psychologist with a particular focus on stress, stress reduction, and mindfulness-based stress reduction.  Teaching at Framingham State since 2000, he is also the former Assistant Director of the Stress Reduction Clinic at The Center for Mindfulness at UMass Medical School.  A trained and active Life Coach, Dr. Galvin focuses on supporting students and clients by identifying personal strengths and values to live a full and meaningful life.

Dr. T. Bridgett Perry-Galvin

Professor, Psychology

Office: O'Connor Hall, Room 244
Phone Number: 508.626.4865
Email: bperry@framingham.edu

Education:
B.A. & M.Ed. Central State University; Ph.D. University of Oklahoma

Courses Taught:
General Psychology, Adolescent Development, Behavior Modification, Research Methods I & II, Senior Thesis, Human Sexuality, Internship

Dr. Michael Greenstein

Assistant Professor, Psychology

Office: O'Connor Hall, Room 239
Phone Number: 508.215.5902
Email: mgreenstein1@framingham.edu

Education:

Ph.D.; M.A.  Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY;  B.A. Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY

Courses Taught: 

General Psychology, Psychology of Learning, Cognitive Psychology, Psychological Testing, Seminar on the Effect of Emotion on Memory

Bio and Research Interests:

Dr. Greenstein examines how emotions affect memory and decision making usually within applied contexts such as education or forensic situations.

As an undergraduate, Dr. Greenstein double-majored in History and Psychology at Binghamton University. Following this, he attended Stony Brook University where he completed his M.A. in Cognitive Psychology and his Ph.D. in Cognitive Science. Before joining the Framingham State University Psychology and Philosophy department in 2015, Michael worked as a visiting assistant professor at Saint Peter's University and Wesleyan University.

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Phoebe Lin

Assistant Professor, Psychology

Office: O'Connor Hall, Room 237
Phone Number: 508.626.4844
Email: plin2@framingham.edu

Education:

Ph.D., Wayne State University, Detroit, MI; B.A. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Courses Taught:

General Psychology, Social Psychology, Research Methods I&II, Personality, Psychology of Prejudice

Bio and Research Interests: 

Dr. Lin's area of specialization is in social cognition focusing on attitudes, prejudice, and social influence. She has conducted research on attitude-behavior consistency, stereotypes, and role model influence on health outcomes.

Dr. Lin majored in psychology as an undergraduate at the University of Michigan before receiving her Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Wayne State University. She also worked as a visiting assistant professor in Montclair, NJ for one year before joining the Psychology and Philosophy Department at Framingham State University.

Dr. Deborah McMakin

Associate Professor, Psychology

Office: O'Connor Hall, Room 250
Phone Number: 508.626.4876
Email: dmcmakin@framingham.edu

Graduate Program: Master of Arts with a Concentration in Counseling Program Coordinator

Psi Chi Faculty Advisor

Education:
B.A. Framingham State University;  M.A. George Washington University;  M.S.W. Boston University; Ed.D. University of Massachusetts - Lowell

Courses Taught:
Psychology of Development, Abnormal Psychology, Educational Psychology, Internship, Research Methods I, II & Thesis

Bio and Research Interests:

Deborah McMakin earned a BA in psychology from Framingham State College. She earned an MA in Special Education and Human Development from the George Washington University (GWU) in 1996 and then taught English and Spanish in a special education day school.  Deborah earned an MSW from Boston University in 2000 and worked at Wayside Youth and Family Support Network as a group and individual therapist for ten years. She earned a doctorate in Education from UMASS Lowell in 2012.  She has taught undergraduate courses in psychology since 1998 and graduate courses in counseling psychology at Framingham State University (FSU) since 2000.


Her research interests include faculty and pre-service teachers' views of cultural differences within educational contexts and she enjoys collaborating with faculty on Scholarship of Teaching and Learning projects.  She has presented numerous Scholarship of Teaching and Learning projects at local and national conferences, including college students’ experiences with peer editing and beliefs about climate change.  Deborah is currently coordinator of Widening the Circle (WTC), a FSU faculty institute on diversity and inclusive excellence.  She is also the current coordinator for the FSU Inside-Out prison exchange program which brings incarcerated and non-incarcerated students together to take a semester long college course.    

Christine Mihal-Vasapoli

Instructor, Psychology

Office: O'Connor Hall, Room 253
Phone Number: 508-626-4868
Email: cmihal@framingham.edu

Courses Taught:  General Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Adult Development, Health Psychology, Personality Psychology

Dr. Cynthia Prehar

Professor, Psychology

Office: O'Connor Hall, Room 238
Phone Number: 508.626.4893
Email: cprehar@framingham.edu

Education:
B.A. University of Texas;  M.A. & Ph.D. Colorado State University

Courses Taught:
General Psychology, Social Psychology, Research Methods I & II, Senior Thesis, Industrial-Organizational Psychology,  Psychology of Careers, Internship

Bio and Research Interests:

Dr. Prehar's research and teaching interests include career paths for psychology majors and college students' social media use.  She majored in psychology as an undergraduate at the University of Texas at Austin before receiving her Ph.D. in Industrial-Organization Psychology from Colorado State University. Prior to joining Framingham State in 2003, she served as the Dirctor of Advising for Psychology majors at the University of Pittsburgh.


Dr. Nicole Rossi

Associate Professor, Psychology

Office: O'Connor Hall, Room 242
Phone Number: 508.626.4861
Email: nrossi@framingham.edu

Education: Ph.D. , University of New Hampshire; M.A. Brandies University, Waltham, MA; B.A. Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA 

Courses: First-Year Honors Seminar, General Psychology, Child Development, Psychology of Women, Research Methods I and II, and History and Systems in Psychology.

Bio and Research Interests:

Dr. Rossi was born and raised in Central Massachusetts and received her Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Mount Holyoke College in 1997. Following work at McLean Hospital in Belmont and the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Jamaica Plain, Dr. Rossi returned to school to pursue a Master of Arts in psychology from Brandeis University. In 2007, she completed a Ph.D. in developmental psychology, as well as a Cognate (minor) in College Teaching, from the University of New Hampshire. Prior to her current position at Framingham State University, Dr. Rossi was an Assistant Professor at Augusta State University in Augusta, GA; a public state university under the University System of Georgia.

Dr. Rossi's research interests are centered on transitional experiences across the life span. Her aim is to investigate transitional phenomena across diverse contexts and participant groups. She has published in the areas of aging, emerging adulthood, and human sexuality. Regarding her work on human sexuality, she is both a recipient of and reviewer for the American Psychological Foundation Wayne F. Placek Grant that encourages research to increase the general public's understanding of homosexuality and sexual orientation.

More recently, Dr. Rossi has pursued research interests on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL), with a particular focus on diversity and inclusion. She has presented SoTL on a Black Lives Matter teach-in, a creative project on diverse psychologists, and critical-thinking teaching tools at regional and national conferences. In support of these efforts, Dr. Rossi was also recently appointed to Psi Chi’s Diversity Advisory Committee, charged with ensuring that the Society reflects the rich diversity of people and perspectives in psychology.



Dr. Charles Sachs

Assistant Professor, Psychology

Office: O'Connor Hall, Room 255
Phone Number: 508.626.4873
Email: csachs@framingham.edu

Education:
 Ph.D., Columbia University

Courses Taught:
General Psychology, Research Methods I and II, Internship

Dr. Dawn Vreven

Professor, Psychology

Office: O'Connor Hall, Room 248
Phone Number: 508.626.4872
Email: dvreven@framingham.edu

Psychology Program Coordinator, Division of Continuing and Graduate Education

Education:
B.S.Psychology, Michigan State University; M.A. Psychology, Central Michigan University; Ph.D. Experimental Psychology, Brown University 1999.

Courses Taught:
General Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Sensation & Perception, Research Methods I & II, Cognitive Neuropsychology, Thesis, History & Systems.

Bio and Research Interests:

Dr. Vreven received a B.S. in Psychology from Michigan State University, an M.A. in Psychology from Central Michigan University, and a Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from Brown University in 1999. She was a post-doctoral fellow at the Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute in San Francisco, CA. She taught at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh for five years before joining the faculty at Framingham State University in 2007.


Dr. Vreven has broad research interests in visual perception and cognition.