Alan Shawn Feinstein College of Education and Professional Studies

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Psychology Faculty

Here are a few of the psychology teachers you’ll meet along your degree path!

Charles Collyer, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychology and a cofounder of the Institute for Nonviolence and Peace Studies at URI. An experimental psychologist, Dr. Collyer teaches the required methods course, PSY 301 Experimental Methods, and he and his wife, Dr. Pamela Zappardino, teach the popular online course PSY 479 Peace Psychology. He also teaches popular honors courses on the Kingston campus.

David L. Miller, Ph.D., earned his B.A. in Psychology from URI in Providence, where he won the Carpenter Research Prize and was a New England Psychological Association Undergraduate Fellow. He went to Brown, where he received his Ph.D. in Psychology, specializing in perception and cognition. After a postdoctoral fellowship in brain imaging at the University of Wisconsin Medical School and teaching at Brown for a few years, he returned to his Alma Mater, where he is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychology. He teaches PSY 384 Cognition and PSY 385 Perception, and team-teaches PSY 310 online.

Richard Solomon, Ph.D., Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychology, is a Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Director/President of Delta Consultants, a multi-disciplinary practice working with children, adolescents and families in Rhode Island. He is the co-author of the book, “Paternal Deprivation and Child Maltreatment” and presenter at numerous conferences in New England and nationally on his work with child maltreatment, learning disabilities and attention deficit disorder. Volunteer activities have included two terms as President of the Rhode Island Chapter for the Prevention of Child Abuse, past editor of the Rhode Island Families Magazine and member of the Board of Director of the Blackstone Valley Emergency Shelter. He is the recipient of the Commissioner’s Award (from the Department of Health and Human Services) for volunteer activities on behalf of child abuse prevention. He teaches PSY 232, 335, and 442 at various times, but is best known for his unique course, PSY 466 Child Sexual Abuse, which features guest lectures from other professionals in the field. He is also a recent recipient of the Outstanding Faculty Award from the University of Rhode Island (Providence Campus).

Grant Willis, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychology at URI, where he has also directed the School Psychology doctoral training program and served as Chair of the Psychology Department. He has published extensively in the area of neuropsychology, and has mentored dozens of students along their paths to professional school psychology. Here at CCE he teaches PSY 300 Quantitative Methods, and is well known and much praised as the statistics teacher that everyone likes!

Mary Zahm, Ph.D., recently received the Outstanding Faculty award from the URI ASFCCE graduating class of 2007. Dr. Zahm teaches PSY 103, Towards Self Understanding, through her own inspiring textbook, Create Your Ideal Life, which she wrote especially for this course. Dr. Zahm earned her Ph.D. in Social Psychology at the University of Rhode Island. After 12 years as a Human Factors Engineer and Senior Research Scientist at Raytheon Corporation, she decided to pursue her first love, teaching. She joined the faculty at Bristol Community College, where her work with service learning and domestic violence have earned her well deserved grants, praise, and recognition, including nomination for a national teaching award.

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