Fran Sessa, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Psychology, Interim Division Head of Social Sciences
Office Phone: 215-881-7406
Office Location: Sutherland, 119

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Bio

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND

Ph.D. Clinical Psychology, Temple University (1992)

M.A. Clinical Psychology, Temple University (1989)

B.A. Psychobiology, Wellesley College (1985)

Postdoctoral Fellow, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Psychopathology and Development, Temple University (1995-1998)

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATION AND CERTIFICATION

Licensed Psychologist, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Member:   

  • American Psychological Association
  • American Psychological Society
  • Pennsylvania Psychological Association
  • Psi Chi, International Honor Society in Psychology
  • Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society

TEACHING INTERESTS/COURSES TAUGHT

Abnormal Psychology, Theories of Personality, Introduction to Clinical Psychology, Academic supervision of required internship for the Psychological and Social Sciences degree program

RESEARCH INTERESTS AND INNOVATIONS

My research interests include the development of psychosocial maturity among emerging adults, expressions of psychopathology with an emphasis on the influence of stigma and culture, and personality factors as they relate to mental health and risky behaviors among college students.

Sessa, F.M. (Accepted). Adolescence. In H. Friedman & C. Markey (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Mental Health, 2nd edition. Elsevier

Sessa, F.M. (2014). Happiness and the self: The role of realistic and unrealistic control beliefs. To be presented at the annual conference of the American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.

Sessa, F.M. (2013). Self-reported adulthood: Is it “True maturity” or “Pseudo-maturity”? Annual conference of the American Psychological Society, Washington, DC.

Standish, A. & Sessa, F.M. (2013). The development of a new scale to measure mental illness stigma.  Annual conference of the Eastern Psychological Association, New York, NY.

Sessa, F.M. (2012). Differential predictors of healthy and risky behaviors during the transition to adulthood. Annual conference of the American Psychological Society, Washington, DC.

Sessa, F.M. (2011). Self-perceptions of adulthood among college students: Is it “maturity” or “pseudo-maturity”? Annual conference of the American Psychological Society, Washington, DC.

Foley, M. & Sessa, F.M. (2011). The framing of decisions among college students: Exploring Tversky and Kahneman’s  paradigm. Annual conference of the American Psychological Society, Washington, DC.

SELECTED INVOLVEMENT IN CAMPUS ORGANIZATIONS

  • Faculty Liaison for the 3+2 program between Penn State Abington and the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine for the Masters in School Psychology and the Masters in Mental Health Counseling
  • Faculty Liaison for the 3+2 program between Penn State Abington and Jefferson University for the Masters in Occupational Therapy
  • Faculty Advisor for the Psychology Club and Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology
  • Member of the campus Personal Support Team and the Crisis Intervention Team (providing assistance to students at risk)