Faculty and Staff
Chair and Professor of Psychology
Psychology House 101
Michele Acker is chair of the department and professor of psychology, with emphases in social psychology, industrial organizational psychology, and personality. She received her doctorate in social psychology from the University of Michigan. Dr. Acker's areas of expertise are in close personal relationships, social stereotyping, the scholarship of teaching, and social influences involving the internet. Some of her research examines perceptions of intimacy between relationship partners and the role that suspicion and trust play in relationships. She teaches courses in general psychology, social psychology, industrial and organizational psychology, psychology of women, personality, and research methods. In 2000, she won the junior faculty teaching award.
Psychology House 102
Meredith Frey is an experimental/quantitative psychologist with research interests in human intelligence. Two basic questions guide her work: 1) Why are some people more intelligent than others, and 2) How can we fairly measure intelligence, without also measuring learned information? She has received a grant from the U. S. Army Research Institute to develop a battery of fairly simple reaction time tasks that can be used to predict complex outcomes, like academic achievement or job performance, and can be used in place of traditional, more culturally laden, assessments. Dr. Frey teaches classes in Research Methods, Statistics, General Psychology, and Intelligence. Dr. Frey received the 2009 New Teacher of the Year award.
Psychology House 202
Personal website: http://faculty.otterbein.edu/DHatter
Denise Y. Hatter-Fisher is a professor of psychology. She received her doctorate from The Ohio State University's Department of Psychology in the area of counseling psychology. As a licensed psychologist, Dr. Hatter-Fisher has provided service for a diverse clientele, including the elderly. Her academic research addresses alexithymia and self-regulation as well as quality of life issues for people of color. Her areas of expertise include women's issues, multicultural psychology, and psychophysiology. She teaches courses in abnormal psychology, psychotherapy, personality, human stress, advanced research, and multicultural psychology.
Psychology House 203
Robert Kraft is a professor of Cognitive Psychology, teaching courses in memory, cognition, decision making, personality, research methods, and the self. After receiving his doctorate, Kraft worked in private industry as a decision analyst in Washington, D.C. and then became a professor of psychology, conducting a 15-year research program on the psychology of film. Following that, Kraft began studying deeply traumatic memory and its aftereffects at the Fortunoff Video Archive at Yale University, which resulted in the critically acclaimed book, Memory Perceived: Recalling the Holocaust. His ongoing research programs examine emotional memory, accuracy in long-term memory, concepts of self, and the psychology of perpetrators, with a focus on the testimony of victims and perpetrators given to truth commissions. In 2005, he won the award for Teacher of the Year.
Psychology House 204
Cynthia Laurie-Rose is an associate professor of experimental psychology, with expertise in perception, physiological psychology, research methods, and the history of psychology. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati in the area of experimental psychology, with an emphasis in perception and cognition. Dr. Laurie-Rose has published articles in the areas of form perception and sustained attention and is currently pursuing research in factors associated with both adult and childhood attention. She teaches courses in general psychology, experimental methods, physiological psychology, perception, advanced research, and history & systems.
Psychology House 201
Personal website: http://faculty.otterbein.edu/NShpancer
Noam Shpancer is an associate professor of psychology. He received his Ph.D. at Purdue University, with specialty areas in clinical and developmental psychology. Dr. Shpancer's research interests center on various dimensions of the home-daycare link, including parent-caregiver relations, people's childcare attitudes and perceptions, and children's adaptation across contexts. He is a licensed, practicing clinical psychologist, with a clinical specialty in the assessment and treatment of anxiety disorders. He teaches introductory psychology, child development, personality, abnormal psychology, human sexuality, assessment, advanced research, and health psychology. In 2001, he won the junior faculty teaching award.