Dr. Angela D'Antonio
Associate Professor of Psychology
Why I Teach:"I am thrilled to be teaching full time at a small liberal arts institution. This is an ideal environment to provide students with opportunities to learn and grow in so many ways. At Wesley, I am able to engage students on a more personal level and offer them the individual attention to enrich their education. To my teaching, I bring two decades of clinical experience. My hope is to reveal to students how the field of psychology – its principles, theory and research is relevant to their lives and inspire them to pursue its study."
Ph.D., Philosophy in Clinical Psychology, The George Washington University
M.A., Clinical Psychology, Loyola College
B.A., Psychology, Immaculata College
My current area of research is media and technology use and its effects on emotional intelligence, ego resiliency and ego control. This is a cross-disciplinary project involving the creative integration of the fields of Psychology and Media Arts exploring the influence of various forms of media use on college students’ self-awareness, emotional competency and interpersonal relationships. This research will be presented at two upcoming national conferences.
Past research has included impulsivity as a mediating factor in the relationship between empathy and aggression and antisocial behavior among children and adolescents. Additional research interests have been in the field of forensic psychology, including predicting dangerousness and determinants of criminal responsibility. This research will be presented at two upcoming national conferences.
In the past several years, I have attended multiple conferences on a variety of topics in the field of psychology, including: Delaware Psychological Association and Mental Health Counselors Association: “Resilience Across the Lifespan;” Jessie Ball DuPont Summer Seminar for Liberal Arts College Faculty: “The Self: Knowledge, Memory, and Imagination;” Delaware Psychological Association Convention: “Strategies of Grief Therapy: A Meaning Reconstruction Approach.”
I have also attended the Second World Conference on Positive Psychology, the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) Institute on General Education: Core Curriculum Conference, and presented at the American Association of University Professors (AAUP). Recent and upcoming presentations include workshops and seminars on several topics relevant to developmental and clinical psychology, including “Midlife Crisis” and “Resilience” and “Hoarding.”
I am a member of the Delaware Task Force on Hoarding, currently planning a statewide conference on this topic and working with state agencies to increase understanding of hoarding and develop a statewide intervention program. I serve on the Academic Advisory Board for “Taking Sides: Controversial Issues in Death and Dying” and hold memberships in the Association for Psychological Science, the International Positive Psychology Association and the Media Psychology Division of the American Psychological Association. In addition, I am member of several national honor societies, including Psi Chi, Kappa Gamma Pi, and Alpha Sigma Nu.
Professor Victor Greto and I presented our cross-disciplinary research on media use among college students and psychological correlates at the 2013 Annual Conference of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA). This presentation was recently highlighted in Inside Higher Ed online publication. Professor Greto, Dr. Jack Barnhardt and I will present this research at the Association for Psychological Science 2013 Annual Convention in May.
I have been invited to present at an upcoming event for mental health professionals on April 19, 2013, hosted by the Family Support Center of Delaware Hospice, Inc. At this conference, I will be presenting on the topic of Resilience, an increasingly researched area of Positive Psychology, its definition and associated developmental factors.
In my role as a member of the Delaware Taskforce on Hoarding, I am planning a statewide Conference on hoarding and continues to provide workshops and training on this topic. Most recently I offered presentations for the Delaware’s Division of Aging and Adults with Disabilities and Kent County Division of Inspection and Enforcement.
I am currently mentoring a psychology student, Shanna Bryant, who will be presenting her undergraduate research on Scholars Day. I accompanied her at a conference on suicide last fall sponsored by the Delaware Psychological Association and am currently conducting a needs-assessment for the development of a suicide prevention program on campus.
PY101 Introduction to Psychology
PY200 Abnormal Psychology
PY212 Social Psychology
PY232 Psychology of Human Development
PY300 Special Topics (Example: Psychology of Death and Dying)
PY316 Group Processes and Practice
PY408 Clinical Psychology
PY440 Psychology Senior Seminar