Our Faculty

Jean Pretz, Ph.D.

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

  • B.A., Wittenberg University, 1997
  • Ph.D., Yale University, 2004
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  • 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.

Joseph L. Mahoney, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychology
mahoneyj@etown.edu | 717-361-4773 | 260G Esbenshade

  • B.S., University of Minnesota, 1993
  • M.A., University of NC, Chapel Hill, 1994
  • Ph.D., University of NC, Chapel Hill, 1997
  • Post-Doctoral, Stockholm University, Sweden, 1999
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  • Courses: General Psychology, Child and Adolescent Development, Community Psychology, Developmental Psychology and Social Intervention

Dr. Mahoney's area of expertise is child and adolescent development. Much of his recent research has focused on the developmental consequences related to how young people spend their out-of-school time including participation in extracurricular activities, after-school programs, sports, and community-based organizations

Prior to joining the faculty at Elizabethtown College, Dr. Mahoney was a Professor of Psychology at Yale University (1999-2007) and a Professor of Education at the University of California, Irvine (2007-2014). In 2011-2012, he received the Society for Research in Child Development’s Distinguished Congressional Policy Fellowship and served as lead education council for U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman.

Dr. Mahoney is the author of over 60 published research papers, books, and articles and this work has been supported by grants from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the California Department of Education, and the William T. Grant Foundation. He serves as co-editor for the Journal of Research on Extended Education and is an editorial board member for Advances in Child and family Policy and Practice.

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
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  • 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

John Teske, Ph.D.

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

  • B.A., Indiana University, 1974
  • M.A., Clark University, 1978
  • Ph.D., Clark University, 1981
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  • Courses: Emotion, Psyche and Film, Theories of Personality, General Psychology, History and Systems of Psychology

Dr. Teske is our specialist in personality and emotion, and also our “humanities” person, teaching our History and Systems of Psychology capstone, and Psyche and Film, a Humanities Core and Guided Research and Writing course. He has conducted empirical research on nonverbal behavior, environmental psychology, and social cognition. He has also taught courses in Philosophy and English. He has published empirical research on nonverbal behavior, environmental psychology, and social cognition.

Dr. Teske has also been heavily involved in the science-religion dialogue. He has published a dozen articles in Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science, and is a member of their editorial board. He is an Academic Fellow and Past President of the Institute on Religion in an Age of Science, and co-organized conferences for them in 2009 and 2016. He was elected to the scholarly society the International Society of Science and Religion, with under 300 members worldwide.

John Teske

Paul Dennis, Ph.D.

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

  • 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.