Jennifer L. S. Borton, Chair, Professor of Psychology

A.B., Dartmouth College; Ph.D., University of Minnesota
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Areas of expertise: Defensive self-esteem, responses to ego threat, negative consequences of thought suppression

Jen Borton joined the Hamilton faculty in 1998. She earned a bachelor's degree in psychology and education from Dartmouth College and a doctorate in social psychology from the University of Minnesota. Borton’s current research program involves understanding how people with defensive self-esteem cope with ego threat. Her research has been published in several journals, including the Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, the Journal of Social Psychology and Self and Identity.

Cameron Brick, Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology

B.A., Reed College; M.A. and Ph.D., Univ. of California, Santa Barbara
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Areas of expertise: environmental/conservation psychology, health psychology, social psychology

Cameron Brick earned a doctorate in psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Pursuing issues of environmental conservation and personal health, Brick uses quantitative methods to explore and encourage productive behaviors. His research on environmentally sustainable behavior and individual personality (e.g., openness to experience) was recently featured in The Washington Post, and next year he will chair a national sustainability psychology conference.

Azriel Grysman, Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology

B.A., Yeshiva University; M.S. and Ph.D., Rutgers University
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Areas of expertise: cognitive psychology and autobiographical memory

Azriel "Azi" Grysman earned his master’s and his doctorate from Rutgers University. Trained in cognitive and developmental psychology, Grysman focuses his research on the role of memory in defining the self. He studies people’s personal narratives for events they have experienced and relates these back to broader theories about how this type of memory develops and how individual difference, such as gender or developmental status, play a role in this process. Grysman’s recent work included examining people’s narratives of anticipated future events as an expansion of how memory is used to plan for the future.

Alexandra List, Assistant Professor of Psychology

B.A., University of California, Berkeley; Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
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Areas of expertise: cognitive neuroscience of perception and attention, experimental psychology, cognitive psychology and human neuropsychology

Alexandra List earned her bachelor's degree in cognitive science and doctorate in psychology at the University of California, Berkeley. She received a National Institutes of Health National Research Service Award for both her doctoral and post-doctoral research.List's research has focused on understanding how we perceive and attend to visual, auditory and haptic information in our environment. She uses a variety of human cognitive neuroscience techniques. Her work has been published in various journals, including Cognition, Brain, the Journal of Vision, Neuropsychologia and the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance.

Tara E. McKee, Associate Professor of Psychology

B.A., Bucknell University; M.A., University of Connecticut; Ph.D., University of Connecticut
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Areas of expertise: Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and associated behavior problems, transition to college, assessment, learning disabilities, parent training, stress and coping

Tara McKee earned a doctorate and master's degree in clinical psychology from the University of Connecticut. Her research focuses on families coping with children with varying challenges such as developmental disabilities and behavior disorders and on the impact of such behaviors on the transition to college. McKee is author or co-author of numerous papers published in Journal of Attention Disorders, Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, Applied Social Psychology, Behaviour Research and Therapy, and Journal of the American Medical Association. She has made several invited presentations. McKee’s clinical work has focused on children in school settings and in-patient hospital settings. She conducts assessments for learning disabilities as part of a small private practice.


Camilla McMahon, Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology

B.A., Miami University; M.S. and Ph.D., University of Miami

Camilla McMahon received her Ph.D. in developmental psychology from the University of Miami, and she completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, Davis, M.I.N.D. Institute. Her research focuses on the social and cognitive development of higher-functioning children, adolescents, and young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). In particular, she is interested in social metacognition and error-monitoring (i.e., the abilities to monitor one’s social performance and recognize when one has made an error) in ASD, as well as interventions to improve social skills and adaptive functioning in this population. McMahon serves on the editorial board for the Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions.

Colleen Smith, Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology

B.S., University at Albany; M.A. and Ph.D., Syracuse University

Colleen Smith received her bachelor's degree from University at Albany and her master's degree and Ph.D. from Syracuse University. She has extensive experience teaching a wide variety of courses in psychology.  Smith’s research interests include the potential mediation of pluralistic ignorance as the result of social networking, and the use of social media to induce feelings of shame. 

Ravivarman Thiruchselvam, Assistant Professor of Psychology

Ph.D., Stanford University
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Ravi Thiruchselvam joins Hamilton College as an assistant professor of psychology. He grew up in Toronto and completed his Ph.D. in psychology at Stanford University. Thiruchselvam's research aims to understand affective phenomena – more specifically, the control of emotion and its relationship to psychopathology – by utilizing tools in cognitive neuroscience. At Stanford, he was awarded the Psychology Department's Hastorf Prize for Excellence in Teaching. His research has been published in various journals, including Psychological Science, Biological Psychology, and the International Journal of Psychophysiology.

Douglas Weldon, the Stone Professor and Acting Chair of Psychology and Director of the Neuroscience Program

A.B., College of Wooster; A.M., Towson State University; Ph.D., State University of New York at Buffalo
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Areas of expertise: behavioral neuroscience and psychopharmacology

Douglas Weldon earned his doctorate from the University at Buffalo. Weldon’s research interests include the brain mechanisms of attention, the developmental neurobiology of learning and memory and the role of calcium-binding proteins in neural plasticity. He is a recipient of a National Research Service Award from the National Institute of Mental Health, and his work has been published in journals that include Behavioral Neuroscience, Behavioural Brain Research and the Journal of Neuroscience Education. Weldon teaches courses in behavioral neuroscience and psychopharmacology, and in 2010 he received the Samuel and Helen Lang Prize for Excellence in Teaching.

Penny Yee, Professor of Psychology

B.A., Pomona College; M.S. and Ph.D., University of Oregon
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Areas of expertise: cognition, attention, memory and language processing

Penny Yee earned her Ph.D. in human experimental psychology from the University of Oregon. Yee conducts research in the areas of cognition and individual differences, covering a wide range of topics from basic attentional and language processes to personality correlates of performance. Of particular interest is how we manage distractions in handling daily activities. She has published articles in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, Cognitive Psychology, Memory and Cognition, Intelligence and the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.