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Please join us in congratulating Dr. Popoli for his 10 years of service at Stevenson! Dr. Popoli is an Adjunct Professor of Psychology. Outside of Stevenson, Dr. Popoli serves on the Board of Editors for the International Journal of Psychological Studies. He is also a dissertation editor and assists students in master’s and doctoral programs with their statistical analyses. Dr. Popoli also enjoys writing, as he recently submitted an article about suicide and whether or not daylight savings time has any benefit or detriment of suicide. He is also a frequent guest speaker on the Cotolo Chronicles podcast, which discusses the latest research in psychology. We recently interviewed Dr. Popoli on his experiences working in the Psychology Department.

Dr. Popoli

What made you choose Stevenson?

I initially taught at a community college, but it did not offer any research opportunities. Therefore, I came to Stevenson, as it was more a challenge and the Psychology Department also offered more research and statistics courses! I found that the students are more focused here, as I taught PSY 136, PSY 270 (now PSY 355), and PSY 343, all courses that are heavily based on research.

What qualities about the Psychology Department did you like that drew you to work within it?

I like the fact that a large percentage of our students go on to graduate school, as graduation is an amazing achievement for them. I have also taught a variety of students who take psychology courses, from nursing and sociology majors, to criminal justice and computer technology majors. Being able to teach different students about an important aspect of psychology is something that I love!

That is such an important point! What have been your favorite memories of the department?

My favorite memories of the department first begin with my supervisor and the faculty. Dr. Elliott has been the best supervisor during my years of teaching, being the most supportive, empathetic, and generous person I have ever met! The other faculty members of the Psychology Department are an absolute delight to be around, and truly interesting and great people. In terms of the students, I have written letters of recommendation, and when students write me back saying that they have been accepted into their graduate program, it is extremely rewarding and invaluable to me. I also love the Psychology showcase, as it is a time that students get to show off their research and all the hard work that they have put into it!

I could not agree more! What are some of your memorable contributions?

I have really enjoyed helping students increase their interest in graduate school, letting them know that it is a viable and rewarding option for them. I have also helped students with other courses in the statistical field, and in general, I have helped many great students, so it is just a pleasure to work here.

What have you learned working in the department?

Truthfully, I have learned what it is like to work with a wonderful group of people and have a supervisor that supports you. At my previous jobs, I have worked within a contentious environment and the supervisors were not supportive at all. Therefore, it has truly been an amazing experience thus far.

What are you looking forward to for the future of the department?

I am looking forward to the Department’s new doctoral program, as it is a phenomenal plan and such an accomplishment! As we all have echoed, I am also looking forward to the day we get back to normal in terms of teaching in-person courses.

Thank you, Dr. Popoli, for all that you have done for the Psychology Department and the students here at Stevenson University! Here to another 10 years!

Written by: Semira Nock

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Spada and Dr. Popoli for their 10 years of service at the SU Psychology Department. We will be featuring both of them this week. Today, we will be featuring Dr. Spada, who is an Assistant Professor of Psychology.

Dr. Spada

What made you choose Stevenson?

I first saw the job opening and started as an adjunct professor, teaching one session of PSY-101. But after being at Stevenson for about two semesters, I truly started to feel at home and welcomed! It meant a lot to me, especially since I was only an adjunct professor. I never felt like an extra, but a part of the community as a whole.

What qualities about the Psychology Department did you like that drew you to work within it?

I believe that the welcoming community drew me to work within the Department. Everyone works well together in a group, playing off of one another’s strengths. I especially love the diversity among the faculty, as we all have various backgrounds and skill sets. Yet, what ties us together is our support for each other’s ventures! For instance, for my special topics course of Anxiety, Stress, & Relaxation, I proposed the idea of inviting an acupuncturist to the class. Everyone was for it! Receiving support like this builds the comradery among us, which is important to me.

What have been your favorite memories of the department?

My favorite memories always draw back to the experiences that I have been able to have with the students. I sometimes have students who take my courses from semester to semester, so seeing their growth and development as well as being able to know that we have adequately prepared them for the next stage of their life is truly invaluable for me as an educator.

What are some of your memorable contributions?

I have had the opportunity to teach different special topics courses, including an anxiety course, a multicultural psychology course, and a psychology of woman course. I have been able to incorporate a service-learning piece into all of them, which is significant to me as it gives students a chance to contribute to the community, as well as present their findings in the Psychology Showcase! I have also organized a screening of anxiety-related film and panel discussion, with the goal of reducing the stigma behind anxiety as a whole. It was very productive, and we had a great turn out!

What have you learned working in the department?

In the last year and a half, I became a full-time faculty member. From this new experience, I have learned that being a full-time faculty member is a lot more than teaching. I have had to stretch my ideas of what I am capable of doing. Every semester is a learning experience for me, and I have pushed myself to try new things! For instance, I had volunteered to teach Writing in Psychology, and in teaching this course, tried different facets to teach and support my students. In doing so, I have made connections with students, and maintain these connections post-graduation. To see their growth and achievements has been significant.

What are you looking forward to for the future of the department?

I am really looking forward to seeing how the Psychology Department’s new Psy.D. program goes! I believe it will be a great opportunity for undergraduate students to participate in new opportunities for research at all levels.

We commend Dr. Spada for all her hard work and am looking forward to her continuous achievements!

Written by: Semira Nock

Hi, everyone! I’m Dr. Marie McGrath, the newest addition to the Stevenson University Psychology faculty.

Marie McGrath

I’m a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist (in Pennsylvania currently, and hopefully in Maryland soon). I hold a Ph.D. in School Psychology from Temple University. Prior to coming to Stevenson, I spent 16 years at Immaculata University in Pennsylvania, where I served as a faculty member in the doctoral program in Clinical Psychology and the master’s/specialist program in School Psychology. At Stevenson, I’ll be directing the new Psy.D. program in Clinical Psychology, which will admit its first class for Fall 2021.

Check out our Clinical Psychology (PsyD Program) here!

This semester, I’m teaching PSY 101 and PSY 108. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, friends, and my cat Percy; cooking; reading; and crafting. I’m excited to get to know you and am happy to answer any questions that you might have about graduate school in general, and our new Psy.D. program in particular!

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