Marianne Miserandino,

Professor and Chair, Psychology

Boyer Hall 126 1 (215) 572-2183

About Me

Arcadia faculty member since 1992

Arcadia Courses Taught:
Social Psychology (PY331)
Personality Psychology (PY332)
Senior Seminar (PY490-PY491)
Vice and Virtue on Stage and Screen (PY285)


Education History

University of Rochester 1982

Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, Major in Psychology

Cornell University 1987

Ph.D. in Social-Personality Psychology


Co-Author 2021

‘Listen and learn:’ participant input in program planning for a low-income urban population at cardiovascular risk

Research Paper, BMC Public Health, 21, 504 (2021).

Co-Authored with Kirzner, R.S., Robbins, I., Privitello, M., & Miserandino, M.

Author 2020

Internships: The example of Arcadia University.

Article, In A. Schwartz & R. L. Miller (Ed.), High Impact Teaching Practices. Society for the Teaching of Psychology.

Author 2018

Personality Psychology: Foundations and Findings

Book, Kendall-Hunt

Author 2015

Teaching Personality Psychology. In D. Dunn (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Undergraduate Psychology Education

Article, Oxford University Press

Author 2013

Teaching SDT theory: From introductory psychology to personality and beyond

Research Paper, Presented at the 5th International Conference on Self-Determination Theory, Rochester, NY

Co-Author 2013

Obedience in the context of identity theft in the United States and South Africa

Article, 2013 Obedience to Authority Conference: Milgram’s experiments 50 years on, Bracebridge, Ontario, Canada

Co-Authored with Leatham, J., Baker, Z., Stoll, H., Levy, A.M., Malan, L. & Nienaber,A


Teaching Awards:
American Psychological Association Teaching Excellence Award (2010)
Arcadia University Professor of the Year (2009)
Lindback Foundation Award for Distinguished Teaching (2000)

Research Summary

My research interests include the impact of perceived competence and autonomy on the motivation of elementary school children and their teachers; developing innovative pedagogy to foster student learning; exploring whatever topics my students find interesting.