Professor and Director of MA Program
Lisa identifies as a general psychologist, an unfamiliar classification in the current culture of increasing specialization. Her doctoral program encouraged her to engage all areas of psychological research and the research process itself (methodology) with interest and a critical eye. She has always been most interested in the class of activities traditionally identified as "cognitive" and "rational." However, her approach is to explore the many ways these are comingled with and enabled by intuition, emotion, and social positioning strategies. She is seeking ways of articulating how these various functions of the acting person work together in practice. With colleagues Nancy Nersessian and Wendy Newstetter at the Georgia Institute of Technology and Kareen Malone at West Georgia, Lisa recently has been working on developing a deeply integrative approach to the study of scientific reasoning and innovation. Lisa has a longstanding interest in the philosophy of science, philosophy of cognition, and in the history of ideas about mind and psychological functioning. She has been a visiting Fellow in the Center for Philosophy of Science, University of Pittsburgh, and visiting research faculty in the College of Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Lisa's teaching interests include personality theory, history and philosophy of psychology, and research methods.
Education / Degrees
- B.A., Psychology, University of Michigan,
- MA, Clinical Psychology, Michigan State,
- PhD, General Psychology, Georgetown University,