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Foster Brown,
Ph.D.

Professor (retired)
brownfl@oneonta.edu


Dr. Brown received his PhD from Cornell University with post-doctoral work at the Imperial College of London University. His principle field was in statistical analysis and measurement for the behavioral sciences. Minor fields were mycology and science education. He joined the psychology department at Oneonta in 1965, where he taught a variety of statistics courses. His previous position was as a systems analyst at the Cornell University Computer Center. Before becoming enamored with statistical analysis, Dr. Brown taught anatomy, physiology, microbiology, field biology, etc. for a decade.

Lesley Diehl,
Ph.D.

Professor (retired)
LesDieh60@aol.com
website

In her own words.....
What do psychology professors do after they retire?  Well, I moved to the southwest for a while, then knocked around the country in a tiny (28 foot) motorhome with two cats and a dog.  Now I write murder mysteries.  My publisher, Mainly Murder Press, released my first, A Deadly Draught, in April 2010.  It is set locally, in the Butternut Valley, and features Hera Knightsbridge, a microbrewer accused of killing her closest competitor.  So you see, there is life after retirement as all of you who took my class in adulthood and aging know.  Life is full of surprises.

Leslie L. (Les) Downing,
Ph.D.

Professor (retired)
downinll@oneonta.edu

Dr. Leslie Downing taught courses in social, advanced social, applied social, and industrial / organizational psychology, as well as a course in the psychology of cults, in which he is an acknowledged expert.

Steven J. Gilbert,
Ph.D.

Professor (retired)
gilbersj@oneonta.edu
website
Dr. Steven Gilbert taught courses in introductory psychology, research methods, social psychology, and advertising psychology, specializing in social influence and persuasion. His research interests include individual differences in perception and suggestibility.
Lawrence Guzy Lawrence T. Guzy,
Ph.D.

Distinguished Teaching Professor
(retired)
guzylt@oneonta.edu
Dr. Guzy is an experimental psychologist. His research interests include motion sickness, illusions, transportation safety, taste perception and hydration issues. He receive his B.S. at John Carroll University and his Ph.D. at SUNY Buffalo. Fellowships include the American Society of Engineering Education and National Research Council. He has conducted research at NASA-Ames Research Center and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, OH. Dr. Guzy taught courses in general psychology, research methods, sensation-perception, and collaborates with student-researchers. He received the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Mary B. Howes,
Ph.D
.
Professor (retired)
howesmb@oneonta.edu

Dr. Mary Howes retired in 2005 but continues to teach a variety of courses for the department. She specializes in cognitive psychology with particular emphasis on early memory. She teaches courses in statistics, cognition and memory, and is author of the text The Psychology of Human Cognition: Mainstream and Genevan Traditions. Dr. Howes recently completed a major text, Human Memory: Structures and Images, published by Sage. She also contributed to a book of memoirs concerning Trinity College, Dublin, in the 1960s. The piece was submitted under her maiden name of Carr. Dr. Howes is expecting publication of a novel this March. 

Walter vom Saal,
Ph.D.

Professor (retired)
vomsaaw@oneonta.edu
website

Dr. Walter vom Saal retired in the spring of 2007. Before he began teaching in the department in 1995, he had served as Provost and Academic Vice President of the college. He taught courses in introductory psychology, research methods, adulthood & aging, and human sexuality, as well as a seminar on career preparation and a seminar on positive psychology. Materials from some of those courses are still available on Dr. vom Saal's website. He is co-author of Life After Work: Six Retirement Stories that Can Change Your Life.

 

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