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Meet Our Faculty

Melanie Leussis

Chair, Department of Psychology; Associate Professor of Psychology
Ph.D., Boston College; B.S., University of Ottawa and Dalhousie University


Meryl Levin

Lecturer of Psychology; Internship Capstone Coordinator
Ph.D., University at Albany, SUNY; B.A., University of Michigan


Linda Lin

Professor of Psychology
Ph.D., M.S., University of Massachusetts Amherst; B.A., New York University


Helen MacDonald

Associate Professor of Psychology
Ph.D., M.A., Boston University; B.A., Wellesley College


Clare Mehta

Associate Professor of Psychology
Ph.D. Psychology, Life Span Concentration, West Virginia University 2008; MS Psychology, Life Span Concentration, West Virginia University 2006; MRes Education, University of Bath, UK 2006


Samantha Moshier

Assistant Professor of Psychology
Ph.D., M.A., Boston University; B.A., University of Pennsylvania


Edwin Shriver

Lecturer of Psychology
Ph.D., M.A., Miami University; B.A., Kent State University


Kimberly Smirles

Associate Professor of Psychology; Coordinator of the Gender & Women's Studies Program
Ph.D., M.A., University of New Hampshire; B.A., Boston College


Xiaowei Zhao

Associate Professor of Psychology
Ph.D., B.S., Nankai University, China


Explore Emmanuel

Research Spotlight: Searching for an Evolution Solution

Propelled by a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant, students and faculty in the Mathematics Department are studying the rate of evolution in spatially structured populations using evolutionary graph theory, which may inform the estimation of important events in our evolutionary past, such as when humans split from our closest primate relatives.

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Eileen Milien '22: A Career-Affirming CURE

When choosing a college, Eileen knew two things for sure—that she would be able to get to know her professors and peers and that she wanted to be in an area in which she would have myriad opportunities in the research and medicine.

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The Longwood Medical and Academic Area (LMA)

In a city known for innovation in healthcare, opportunities for Emmanuel students are bolstered by our location within the world-renowned Longwood Medical and Academic Area (LMA). With walking-distance access to cutting-edge scientific and medical institutions, ours is a neighborhood that stands hand-in-hand with the future.

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Jolie Erlacher ’19 Finds Purpose Counseling Those in Need

As early as her second year at Emmanuel College, Jolie Erlacher '19 discovered the power of networking, seeing firsthand how the connections she has made at Emmanuel-and then beyond-have affected the course of her academic and career trajectory, each opportunity opening a door to the next.

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Featured Faculty: Aren Gerdon

Professor Aren Gerdon is the Chair of the Department of Chemistry and Physics and an Associate Professor of Chemistry at Emmanuel College. He leads his own chemistry research group, focusing on biomaterials, and works closely with other research groups across campus. Professor Gerdon is passionate about sharing his deep knowledge of chemistry with his students, guiding them from class work to practical, real-world lab experiments.

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Saints Spotlight: Emily Pepe '15

Emily's undergraduate science courses, along with her involvement in lab-based projects, served as building blocks for her appointment after graduation at MGH, her current graduate-level work, and her future aspirations as a nurse practitioner.

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