Durwin web photo 2015Dr. Cheryl Durwin is professor and assistant chairperson of the Psychology Department at SCSU. She earned a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Connecticut in 1990, an M.S. in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst   in 1993, and a Ph.D. in Psychology (specialization: Educational Psychology) from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1996. Before coming to SCSU in 1998, she served as assistant professor of Educational Psychology at Wayne State University in Detroit (1995-1998). Her background is in development and validation of educational assessments and interventions, particularly for students with reading disability and struggling readers. She has conducted school-based research with children from preschool age through college. She is also co-author of a textbook, Ed Psych Modules (Durwin & Reese-Weber, 3rd ed.) published in 2018 by SAGE Publications (

DACDr. Deborah Carroll is professor of psychology in the Psychology Department at SCSU. She earned a B.S. in Psychology from Fairfield University, an M.S. in Biobehavioral Sciences and a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychobiology from the University of Connecticut. She was awarded a National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) postdoctoral Fellowship at Columbia University.  Dr. Carroll has over 20 years’ experience in program assessment, specifically of reading to learn and writing to learn programs, and in evaluation of pedagogical techniques. As Director of the B.S. Psychology Research Specialization program at SCSU, Dr. Carroll has 8 years’ experience in the placement and supervision of students in field practicum settings at community agencies and school districts. The recipient of several teaching awards including the Carnegie Foundations’s Case U.S. Professor of the Year, State of Connecticut Award (2012), Dr. Carroll is a contributing author to Top Hat Statistics for Social Sciences Interactive Text (2016).

DLMDr. Dina Moore is an associate professor of Psychology at SCSU.  She received her B.A. in Psychology from Boston University in 1993 and her Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Connecticut in 2001 with Dr. Barbara Sanders. She was a postdoctoral researcher at Haskins Laboratories from 2002-2004, working with the fMRI group led by Dr. Ken Pugh. She has been at Southern since 2004. Her primary research interests are reading skill in college-aged students and in literacy development in children. She is also the co-author of the book, Preparing Children for Reading Success: Hands-On Activities for Librarians, Educators, and Caregivers.

Former Research Assistants Admitted to Graduate Programs

  • Carrie Anne Faber, Master of Arts, Psychology
  • Kara Jones, Reading Specialist, Teachers College
  • Bahar Musa, School Psychology
  • Nicole Dunlop, School Psychology
  • Sydney Meehan, School Psychology
  • Kelly Robinson, School Psychology
  • Stephanie Russo, Communication Disorders
  • Paige Slack, , School Psychology
  • Smana Seradieu, Social Work
  • Megan Viento, School Psychology
  • Rashida Shockley, Social Work
  • Leonardo Finelli, Counseling
  • Wendy Chin, School Psychology
  • Marisa Fazzino, School Psychology
  • Heather Fleming, School Psychology
  • Katrina Donzello, School Psychology
  • Sebastian Lombardi, School Psychology