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WISE Faculty and Staff

Jennifer A. Stevens- is an Associate Professor at in the Psychology Department at William and Mary. Dr. Stevens received her B.A. in Psychology and Philosophy from Ohio State University. She completed her doctoral training in Psychology (Cognition & Development) at Emory University, and received postdoctoral training at the Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale (INSERM) Unite 280, Processus Mentaux et Activation Cerebrale in Lyon, France and the Sensory Motor Performance Program (SMPP) at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC)/ Northwestern University Medical School. At William & Mary since 2004, she is also the Director of the WM Cognitive Neuroscience Lab, and P.I. for the WISE grant.

Cheryl Dickter-is an Assistant Professor in the Psychology Department and a faculty affiliate of the Neuroscience Program at William & Mary. Her research interests are in social psychology with an emphasis on social cognition and person perception. She studies the processes involved in stereotyping and prejudice. Professor Dickter is also the co-director of the W&M Scholars Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE), a program that encourages academically distinguished students from under-represented groups to pursue research experiences. She is responsible for the assessment part of the WISE program

Catherine Forestell- is an Assistant Professor in the Psychology Department, a Faculty Affiliate of the Neuroscience Program at The College of William & Mary, and a Research Affiliate at the Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia, PA. Her research interests intersect the areas of learning and memory, developmental psychology, and sensation and perception, with a specific focus on how 1) early experiences with tastes and odors affect children’s food preferences and appetitive control, and 2) exposure to parental tobacco and alcohol use affects later implicit attention toward these substances and related cues. She is responsible for organizing grant administration for WISE.

Pamela S. Hunt- is a Professor of Psychology and Faculty Affiliate of the Neuroscience Program at the College of William & Mary. She received her B.A. in Psychology from Framingham State College in 1987 and her PhD in Experimental Psychology from Binghamton University – SUNY in 1992. She was a postdoctoral fellow at Princeton University from 1992 until 1997 when she came to William & Mary. Her research interests include the development of learning and memory and the effects of fetal alcohol exposure on memory abilities. She is primarily responsible for the administration of the WISE grant programs.

Lauran McDowell Johnson – is an Assistant Professor in the Mathematics Department at Richard Bland College. She is currently writing her dissertation through the University of Virginia. Her research interests focus on how people learn mathematics, typical misconceptions and preconceptions in the learning of Algebra, and methods of successful pedagogy. Lauran has a strong interest in educating middle and high school teachers and enabling them to become better Mathematics instructors. Lauran serves as the WISE liaison to Richard Bland College.

Christy Porter-is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Psychology Department and a Faculty Affiliate of the Neuroscience Program at The College of William & Mary. She is interested in promoting science education within a traditional undergraduate liberal arts setting. As the liaison between William and Mary, Thomas Nelson Community College and Richard Bland College, Professor Porter’s contribution to the WISE initiative is to facilitate the exchange of ideas among colleagues in the STEM disciplines.

Jacqueline Spencer- Assistant Professor of Biology and Coordinator for Honors Program at Thomas Nelson Community College. A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Jacqueline Spencer has taught Biology at Thomas Nelson Community College for the past 15 years. During that time she has also served as Chair of the Biology Dept. and Assistant Division Dean for Science and Allied Health. She is currently Coordinator for the TNCC Honors Program. From 2004-2009 she was the TNCC Science Representative for NSF/W&M Metapopulation grant for Undergraduate Environmental Summer Science Internships. Jacqueline serves as the WISE liaison for Thomas Nelson Community College.

Catie Duckett-is the Grant Administrator for the WISE Initiative at William and Mary. Please contact her with qny questions about upcoming events.