Faculty & Staff
C. Albert Bardi
Associate Professor of Psychology
Bardi has taught at Sewanee since 2008. A licensed clinical psychologist, his teaching interests include behavior disorders and the psychology of diversity. His research focuses on measurement development, particularly with regard to traits related to functioning, and the validation of measures suitable for use with non-dominant culture groups in the United States.
Nicole B. Barenbaum
Professor of Psychology
Barenbaum has taught at Sewanee since 1990. Her teaching interests include personality (both basic principles and case study methods) and the history of psychology and popular culture. Her research interests include the history of personality psychology and psychobiography.
Helen V. Bateman
Associate Professor of Psychology and Chair
Bateman has taught at Sewanee since 2003. Her teaching interests include all levels of development; community psychology; social psychology. Her research interests include the psychological sense of community; innovative learning environments; childhood obesity.
Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology and of Mathematics and Computer Science
Craft has taught at Sewanee since 1998. His teaching interests are in cognitive psychology, models of consciousness including neural bases, and mathematics (Calculus; Finite Mathematics). His research interests include how the visual system processes our 3-dimensional environment, and cognitive and neurophysiological bases for depression.
Sherry L. Hamby
Research Professor of Psychology; Director of the Life Paths Research Program
Hamby has taught at Sewanee since 2008. A clinical psychologist by training, her teaching interests are in the psychology of violence, the psychology of gender, and coaching students in research. She studies family violence and youth victimization, with a particular focus on methodological and measurement issues and cross-cultural issues in measuring and intervening for violence.
Linda C. Mayes
Distinguished Visiting Professor of Psychology
Mayes, a Professor in the Yale School of Medicine, will lead a collaborative seminar –Child, Family, and Community Development in Rural Appalachia– during the spring term 2013. Her research interests include Early adversity; Stress regulation; Parental addiction; Risk for drug use in adolescence; Neural circuitry of social attachment and parental behavior; Developing reward systems; Electrophysiology.
Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology
Noffsinger-Frazier has taught at Sewanee since 2013. A clinical psychologist by training, her teaching interests are in abnormal behavior. She studies prevention of disordered eating and the development of peer-led community outreach programs.
Charles S. Peyser
Professor of Psychology Emeritus
Peyser taught at Sewanee 1968 through 2014. His teaching interests are in Industrial / Organizational psychology; comparative sexual behavior; behavior modification interventions involving environmental problems. His reading interests include behavior modification; the reaction of individuals and groups when faced with clear evidence that their pseudopsychological beliefs are tenuous (e.g., millennial of 1/1/1000 and Y2K; the winter solstice on 12/21/2012).
Jessica A. Siegel
Assistant Professor of Psychology and Kennedy Fellow; Chair of Neuroscience
Siegel has taught at Sewanee since 2011. A behavioral neuroscientist by training, her teaching interests are in neuroscience, neuroscience research methods, drugs and behavior, and sensation and perception. Her research focuses on the long-term effects of methamphetamine exposure during brain development on brain function and behavior and cognition.
Jordan D. Troisi
Assistant Professor of Psychology
A social psychologist by training, Troisi’s interests are in social psychology, interpersonal attraction and relationships, and the self concept. His research focuses on humans’ fundamental need for belongingness and the ways in which this motivates behavior, including connections with non-human social targets, or “social surrogates” (e.g., comfort food). He will join the Department in August 2014.
Karen P. Yu
Professor of Psychology
Yu has taught at Sewanee since 1996. Her teaching interests include cognitive illusions; decision-making; both basic and advanced laboratory courses in cognitive psychology. Her research interests include unconscious components of and influences on cognitive processes; decision-making, particularly as it relates to academic honesty and dishonesty.