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2011-2012 University Catalog 
2011-2012 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Behavioral and Social Sciences

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The mission of the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences is to educate our students to understand themselves and the society in which they live. 


Our goals in education are these:

  • To provide the best possible training for our psychology majors and graduate students.
  • To offer minor concentrations in communication, economics, medical anthropology, psychology, sociology, and social science for students pursuing other majors.
  • To teach fundamental and interdisciplinary courses in anthropology, communication, economics, psychology, and sociology, as well as social science methods, perspectives, and global issues for all undergraduates.

Our students are taught to understand qualitative and quantitative research design, data collection techniques, and the means to analyze, evaluate, and interpret cognitive, behavioral, cultural, and social data. We also emphasize the concepts and skills required to communicate effectively in professional healthcare, community, and multicultural settings.


Claudia F. Parvanta
BA, MA, PhD (University of Pennsylvania)
Professor of Anthropology
Chair, Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences
Phone: 215.596.8920

Phyllis Blumberg
AB (Washington College); MA, PhD (University
of Pittsburgh)
Professor of Psychology
Director, Teaching and Learning Center
Phone: 215.895.1167

Elizabeth Amy Janke
BA (Villanova University); MSEd (University of Pennsylvania); PhD (Ohio University)
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Phone: 215.596.8517

Joseph V. Lambert
BA, MA, PhD (Temple University)
Professor of Psychology
Phone: 215.596.8588

Kenneth Leibowitz
BA (Rutgers); MA (West Virginia University)
Assistant Professor of Communication
Phone: 215.596.8902

Brad May
BA (Bard College); MA (The New School, NY); PhD (United States International University)
Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology and Communication
Phone: 215.596.8927

Stephen Metraux
BA (Grinnell); MA (Texas); PhD (Pennsylvania)
Assistant Professor of Sociology (joint appointment) 
Phone: 215.596.7612

Stephen T. Moelter
BS (Penn State University); MS, PhD (Drexel University)
Associate Professor of Psychology
Director, Undergraduate Program in Psychology
Phone: 215.596.7534

Cathleen T. Moore
BA (Rutgers); MEd, EdD (Temple University)
Professor Emeritus of Psychology

Michelle L. Ramirez
BS (San Francisco State); MPH (Portland State); MA, PhD (Iowa)
Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Phone: 215.596.8548

Linda Robinson
BA (Penn State); MS, PhD (Texas Christian University)
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Phone: 215.596.8511

Joseph W. Ruane
BA (St. Charles Borromeo); MA (Temple); PhD (Delaware)
Professor of Sociology and Health Policy
Vice Chair, Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences
Phone: 215.596.8906

Shanaz M. Tejani-Butt
BS, MS (University of Bombay, India); PhD (Medical College of Virginia)
Research Professor of Psychology
Associate Dean, College of Graduate Studies
Phone: 215.596.8594

C. Alix Timko
BS (Saint Lawrence University); MA (MCP Hahnemann University); PhD (Drexel University)
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Director, Health Psychology Graduate Program
Phone: 215.596.7182

Mei-Ling Wang
BA (National Taiwan Normal); MA (San Francisco); PhD (Maryland)
Associate Professor of Communication
Phone: 215.895.1155

Adjunct Faculty

Kelly Allison
BA (University of Notre Dame); MA, PhD (Miami University of Ohio)
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Clinical Health Psychology

Maria Brown
BA (Temple University); MA (Bryn Mawr College)
Adjunct Instructor in Sociology

Thomas F. Burke
BA, MA (Villanova University); PhD (Temple)
Adjunct Professor of Economics

Remo Chiatti
BA, MA (Studio Filosofico, Italy); PhD Anthropology (University of Pennsylvania); PhD Sociology (Gregoriana University)
Adjunct Professor of Sociology

Kathleen Connor
BS (St. Joseph’s University); MS (Villanova University); PhD (University of Pennsylvania)
Adjunct Professor of Psychology

Michele Dooley
BA (Syracuse University); MA (Columbia University)
Adjunct Instructor in Sociology

Philip Gehrman
BA (University of Pennsylvania); MA, PhD (San Diego State University)
Adjunct Professor of Psychology

Brian M. Green
BS (Southwest Missouri State University); MS (University of Kansas); PhD Candidate (University of Delaware)
Adjunct Instructor in Sociology

Richard N. Harner
BA, BS, MD (University of Minnesota)
Adjunct Professor of Neuroscience

Grace Harrison
BS (University of Pennsylvania); MPA (Pennsylvania State University)
Adjunct Instructor in Sociology

Roland Lamb
BS (Lincoln University); MA (University of Phoenix) 
Adjunct Instructor in Sociology

Daniel Rodriguez
BA, MA (San Diego State University); PhD (University of Maryland)
Adjunct Professor of Psychology

Thomas W. Summers
BS (Eastern College); MDiv (Princeton Theological Seminary)
Adjunct Instructor in Sociology

Christopher K. Toussaint
BBA (University of Pennsylvania); MA, PhD (Temple University)
Adjunct Professor of Sociology

Paul Viggiano
BA (Villanova University); MA (Temple University)
Adjunct Professor of Communication

Ilene Warner-Maron
BS (Philadelphia University); MS (Bryn Mawr College); PhD (University of the Sciences)
Adjunct Instructor in Sociology

Charles F. Volz
BA, MA (Villanova University); JD (Rutgers School of Law)
Adjunct Professor of Sociology

Affiliated Faculty in Other Departments

Everett Herman, Student Affairs

Ross Radish, Student Affairs

Vivian Valdmanis, Economics


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