Lisa Chervenak

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Lisa Chervenak, B.A., M.A. M.A
Associate Program Chair  - Psychology

Contact info:
Phone: 203.596.6023
Email: lchervenak@post.edu
Personal Website:
http://www.linkedin.com/pub/lisa-marie-chervenak-m-a/58/b88/340


Academic Background

M.A. in Experimental Psychology, Honors, Iona College
M.A. in General Psychology, Southern Connecticut State University
B.A. in Psychology, Magna cum Laude, Sacred Heart University

Thesis Title

Obesity Stigma and Partner Judgments on a Problem-Solving Task (Iona College)

Teaching Background

Lisa is the Assistant Academic Program Manager for Psychology at Post University. Lisa will be teaching Drugs and Behavior and Introduction to Psychology.

Professional Background

Lisa was a graduate assistant at Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU) for one semester. During that time she proctored in-class and make-up examinations for undergraduate psychology courses. She also tutored students in APA-style research paper writing. Lisa also substituted in a number of different courses including Introduction to Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Personality Psychology, and Social Psychology.

Lisa was also an adjunct professor at Lincoln College of New England where she taught Introduction to Psychology and Motor Movement and Development.

Teaching Philosophy

Lisa is very passionate about teaching. In each class, Lisa tries to include an activity that in some way relates to the topic of the day. Lisa feels her students learn best from these activities if they are creative and fun. Lisa also believes in sharing her experiences as both an undergraduate and graduate student with her own students. “If I can do it, you can do it too”, she says. Finally, Lisa tries to give her students real world examples of the psychological concepts she teachers in her courses and encourages students to come up with their own. Lisa believes that, “If you can connect the material to something else, and you can describe it in your own words, then you know it.”

Memberships

Member of PSI CHI: The National Honors Society in Psychology
Student associate member of The Eastern Psychology Association

Personal Background

Lisa resides in Fairfield, Connecticut. On weekends, Lisa babysits for a family with four children, whom she considers to be more like her younger brothers and sister.

Lisa’s long-term goals include earning a PhD in Experimental Psychology. She would also like to start a support group for individuals with Trichotillomania/Hair-Pulling Disorder, as well as write a children’s book on the topic.

One of Lisa’s hobbies is going to see plays and musicals on Broadway. She also enjoys visiting museums, and her favorite exhibits are ones which include ancient Egyptian artifacts.

Research/Academic Interests

One of Lisa’s research interests is obesity stigma. And while she has not conducted any research on the topic of Trichotillomania/Hair-Pulling Disorder, she is very interested in the disorder. She has read up on it and would one day like to conduct studies on the topic.