Department of Psychology
Dr. Gary Levine
Dr. Ron Craig joined Edinboro University in 1997 after earning his Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Utah, focusing on forensic developmental psychology. He also earned a BA in Psychology from Boise State University in 1991. His research interests are in the areas related to forensic and developmental psychology, including interviewing children, detection of deception in juveniles, and the role of technology in the courtroom. Dr. Craig has published in journals Psychology, Crime & Law, Polygraph, Applied Developmental Sciences, and the Journal of Credibility Assessment and Witness Psychology. In addition, Dr. Craig has presented at several regional, national, and international conferences including the American Psychology and Law Society, as well as the American Psychology Association. He has an active undergraduate research program in forensic psychology resulting in numerous presentations and publications with undergraduate collaborators. Dr. Craig was also named Edinboro University Advisor of the Year for 2014 and was the 2009 recipient (with University of Utah research group) of the APA’s John E. Reid Memorial Award for distinguished achievement in polygraph research, teaching or writing. Dr. Craig serves on the Millcreek Township School District’s Citizens Advisory Board and is an active supporter of the performing arts in the community.
Dr. Hawley earned his Ph.D. in Psychology (Behavioral Neuroscience) from Tulane University where he examined the effects of stress and gonadal hormones on learning and sexual behaviors in rats. He received his postdoctoral training at Syracuse University where he studied the role estrogen receptors play in different types of learning. As a Visiting Assistant Professor at Franklin and Marshall College, Dr. Hawley worked with students in his laboratory where they investigated the roles that specific hormone receptors and growth factors play in the sexual behaviors of rats. As a follow-up to these studies, the primary focus of his research at Edinboro University has been to work with students to uncover the cellular mechanisms that underlie the effects of testosterone and estrogen on different aspects of sexual behaviors in rats. His second line of research has been dedicated to examining the interactive effects of gonadal hormones and related neuromodulators on learning and memory tasks that rely on different brain structures.
Several students working with Dr. Hawley have been awarded Honors, co-authored scientific papers, and presented research findings at regional and international scientific conferences. For many students, these research opportunities contributed to their scholarly development and strengthened their desire to pursue advanced degrees in psychology and neuroscience related fields. Throughout his career he has taught a variety of courses in psychology and neuroscience, which have included Biopsychology, Human Sexuality and a collaborative research course in the Psychology of Sexuality. At Edinboro University, he teaches Drugs and Human Behavior and Experimental Psychology.
Dr. Gary LaBine joined the faculty of Edinboro University in 1991 after graduating from SUNY-Buffalo with his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology. He became a licensed psychologist the following year. As a professor in the Department of Psychology, he teaches mainly upper level clinical courses in areas such as helping skills, ethical/legal issues, psychological testing, and multicultural counseling. In 2007, he became the Director of Undergraduate Internships in Psychology. Through this program, students are able to complete a 12-credit, 450-hour field placement. These internships help students to apply skills learned in their classes, while building their credentials for graduate school or entry-level positions in psychology and related fields.
Dr. Peter McLaughlin began teaching and researching in behavioral neuroscience at Edinboro in 2006. He earned his Ph.D. from Stony Brook University studying the role of hippocampal neuropeptides on memory, and then completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Connecticut researching the biological basis of addiction and motivation.
His research group at Edinboro focuses on behavioral pharmacology. Lab projects utilize drug probes to better understand how the brain uses neurotransmitters such as serotonin, dopamine, and endocannabinoids to control attention, memory, impulsive behavior, and motivation. Students from the lab have presented at conferences including the annual meetings of the Society for Neuroscience and the Association for Psychological Science. Many have coauthored peer-reviewed publications as undergraduates and have gone on to more advanced study and careers in psychology and neuroscience. In 2011, Dr. McLaughlin received the Scholar of the Year Award from Edinboro University.
Dr. McLaughlin teaches classes in drugs and behavior, experimental psychology, behavioral neuroscience, and critical thinking. The teaching and training of critical thinking has emerged as a secondary scholarly interest, along with public understanding of science. As an official partner of Brain Awareness Week, he coordinates events in which Edinboro undergraduates help teach the public about neuroscience and nervous system health.
William D. Pithers completed his Ph.D. degree in both clinical and experimental (cognitive) psychology at Kent State University. His training included an internship in forensic psychology at Atascadero State Hospital (CA) and Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in psychology (1980-81; National Institute of Mental Health) and behavioral genetics at the University of Rochester (NY) School of Medicine and Dentistry.
Dr. Pithers has received more than $1.6 million as the Principal Investigator of research grants. He has collaborated on other grants worth more than $1 million.
Dr. Pithers has published widely and presented more than 200 papers at state, national, and international conferences and workshops. He has contributed widely to new media, having been interviewed and/or having his research and treatment innovations covered by the American Psychological Association’s “Monitor on Psychology,” the ABC Nightly News (twice), the ABC News program “20/20,” the CBS Evening News, CNN, the “McNeil-Lehrer News Hour” and “The World of Abnormal Psychology” (produced by Annenberg Media) on the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), “Frontline” on Television New Zealand, the SBS (Australia), ABC Radio (Australia), Channel 9 in Australia, and the Deustche Welle news service (Germany).
Dr. Pithers has twice been nominated for the “Innovations in State Government Award” sponsored by the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and has received the Significant Achievement Award from the international Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA). He also has received awards from Kentucky and Pennsylvania for his contributions to the field of the prevention of interpersonal violence. In 2016, Dr. Pithers was selected as an American Psychological Association Fellow.