Our Faculty

Jean Pretz, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychology
Department Chair
pretzj@etown.edu | 717-361-1267 | 260F Esbenshade

  • B.A., Wittenberg University, 1997
  • Ph.D., Yale University, 2004
  • Faculty Website
  • Courses: Introduction to Neuroscience, Intelligence and Creativity, Research in Cognition, General Psychology

Dr. Pretz is a cognitive psychologist with research interests in creativity, its relationship to academic achievement, and the relationship between intuition and expertise. Dr. Pretz received her Ph.D. from Yale University in 2004. There, she worked with Robert Sternberg on her dissertation on intuition in everyday problem solving. She received her B.A. from Wittenberg University, where she double-majored in psychology and music. After college, she spent a year as a Fulbright scholar studying psychology of religion in the former East Germany, living in Lutherstadt-Wittenberg and studying at Martin-Luther-Universitaet Halle-Wittenberg.

Jean Pretz, Ph.D.

Catherine Craver Lemley, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychology
lemleyce@etown.edu | 717-361-1330 | 260D Esbenshade

  • B.S., Columbus State University, 1983
    Summa Cum Laude
  • M.A., Northeastern University, 1985
  • Ph.D., Northeastern University, 1988
  • Courses: General Psychology, Honors General Psychology, Neuroscience, Honors Neuroscience, Sensation and Perception, Cognitive Psychology, Research in Perception

Dr. Lemley’s area of expertise is in visual perception. Her research focuses on the relation between visual mental imagery and visual perception with an emphasis on how what you imagine can interfere with what you actually perceive. Dr. Lemley has also been investigating the way in which cognitive processes, namely mental imagery, can moderate the mere exposure effect, which occurs when very brief exposures to stimuli increase the degree to which a person likes such stimuli. Most recently Dr. Lemley has examined the roles of attention and learning in synesthesia. Synesthesia occurs when the stimulation of a sensory modality (e.g. vision) consistently elicits an involuntary concurrent perceptual experience within the same or in another modality (e.g. taste).

Dr. Lemley has been awarded funding from the National Sciences Foundation and the Pennsylvania Department of Education for three projects, most recently for fMRI research in synesthesia. She involves students in each of her lines of research and has mentored a number of students who have won regional and national awards for their research.

Dr. Lemley received the Elizabethtown College Engaging Educator Award for the 2014-2015 academic year. This award is presented by Student Senate annually to a faculty member that shows a true commitment to their students both in and out of the classroom.

Catherine Craver Lemley, Ph.D.

Elizabeth Dalton, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Psychology
daltone@etown.edu | 717-361-1332 | 260C Esbenshade

  • B.A., Amherst College
  • M.A., University of California, Los Angeles
  • Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles

Dr. Dalton is a clinical psychologist with research interests in stress, mood, and physical health behaviors and outcomes. Dr. Dalton completed her graduate training at UCLA, where she studied how stress and depression influence health behaviors like eating, sleeping, exercise, and substance use among young adults. As part of her clinical training, Dr. Dalton has worked in community mental health centers and hospitals, and completed her clinical internship year at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center. Dr. Dalton is eager to involve students in research examining the effects of stress and mood on physical health.

Dr. Elizabeth Dalton

Ian MacFarlane, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Psychology
macfarlanei@etown.edu | 717-361-4773 | 260A Esbenshade

  • B.A., University of Minnesota
  • M.A., University of Minnesota
  • Ph.D., University of Minnesota

Dr. MacFarlane is a counseling psychologist who earned his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. In addition to mental health courses like Abnormal Psychology and Counseling Psychology, he enjoys teaching General Psychology and working on collaborative research projects with students. His primary research interest is professional development, focusing on the role of clinical supervision in the development of health service providers. Much of Dr. MacFarlane’s work in this area looks at genetic counseling, a field which combines a strong background in medical genetics with the psychosocial skills of counseling. He is also interested in health outcomes, psychological measurement, and social justice advocacy. In addition to teaching and research, Dr. MacFarlane is also trained as a therapist and has provided over 1,000 hours of therapy to children, teens, college students, and adults. Dr. MacFarlane also serves as the associate editor of the Journal of Genetic Counseling and on the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling.

Dr. Ian MacFarlane

Elizabeth Rider, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychology, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
riderea@etown.edu | 717-361-1333 | Alpha 102

  • B.A., Gettysburg College
  • M.S., Vanderbilt University
  • Ph.D., Vanderbilt University

Dr. Rider is a developmental psychologist with expertise in the study of children’s spatial abilities and the psychology of gender. She joined the Psychology department in 1988, teaching courses in developmental psychology, educational psychology, exceptional children, and the psychology of women. She has published a textbook on the psychology of women, and her textbook Life-Span Human Development (co-authored with Dr. Carol Sigelman of George Washington University) is in its 9th edition with Cengage Learning. Dr. Rider assumed an administrative role at the College in 2004, and in 2016, she became the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Elizabeth Rider, Ph.D.

Michael D. Roy, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Psychology
roym@etown.edu | 717-361-1331 | 260E Esbenshade

  • B.A., Bates College, 1991
  • M.A., University of California, San Diego, 1999
  • Ph.D., University of California, San Diego, 2003
  • Faculty Website
  • Courses: Social Psychology, Psychological Statistics, Psychological Research Methods, Research in Social Psychology

The main focus of Dr. Roy’s research is on how people's perception of environmental statistics influence their judgments and decisions. His research has examined bias in memory for how long tasks have taken in the past and in prediction for how long they will take in the future. He also examined how people rate their own abilities on various tasks and how characteristics of those tasks influence their self-assessments.

Dr. Roy was part of an Elizabethtown College group that established instrumental music programs at two schools in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. These visits led to a new line of research in the psychology of music. Specifically, he has been examining how differences in personality predict the role that music plays in people’s lives.

Michael Roy

T. Evan Smith, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Psychology
smitht@etown.edu | 717-361-1320 | 260B Esbenshade

  • B.S., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1998
  • Ph.D., University of California, Santa Cruz, 2005
  • Courses: Adult Development and Aging, Psychology of Women and Gender, General Psychology, Research in Developmental Psychology, and Diversity, Identity and Social Justice (First-year seminar).

Dr. Smith is a developmental psychologist with expertise in adolescence and emerging adulthood. His primary research interests are identity development, LGBTQ identities and experiences, and the nature of prejudice. Dr. Smith is currently conducting research that aims to better understand the experiences of LGBTQ youth in Central Pennsylvania through the use of Photovoice methodology.

Dr. Smith is also the director of the Women and Gender Studies program which offers an interdisciplinary minor.

Evan Smith

Natalie Barlett, Ph.D.

Psychology Adjunct
barlettn@etown.edu | 717-361-1328 | 260G Esbenshade

  • Ph.D. Kansas State University, Experimental Psychology

I am from Kansas; however, I currently live and work in (and around) Gettysburg, PA. I teach courses in-person and online and enjoy everything that I teach. My courses typically include General Psychology, Social Psychology, Child Development, and Lifespan Development. My current research focus lies in understanding the developmental process of emerging adulthood.

Dr. Natalie Barlett

Sharmin Maswood, Ph.D.

Psychology Adjunct
maswoods@etown.edu | 717-361-1383 | 260J Esbenshade

  • Ph.D., Molecular Biology, Texas Woman’s University, Denton TX. (Behavioral Neuroscience Specialization)
Dr. Sharmin Maswood

Paul Dennis, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychology, Emeritus
dennispm@etown.edu | 717-361-1328 | 260G Esbenshade 

  • B.A., Bowdoin College, 1964
  • M.A., New School for Social Research, 1966
  • Ph.D., New School for Social Research, 1973
  • Abnormal Psychology, Counseling Psychology, Coordinates Field Studies

Dr. Paul Dennis taught at the College for 48 years. Dr. Dennis' research interests include the popularization of psychology. His published articles include a paper on an intelligence test developed by Thomas A. Edison, the popularization of the subconscious and the power of suggestion before World War I, and Eleanor Roosevelt's contribution to the popularization of child psychology during the 1940's. Dr. Dennis also held an APA approved clinical internship at Connecticut Valley Hospital in Middletown, CT, 1975-76.

Paul Dennis, Ph.D.