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Marylie Gerson, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychology

Email: mgerson@callutheran.edu
Phone: 805-493-3444
Office: Swenson Building, Room 211
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Dr. Marylie Gerson received her Ph.D. in Psychology from Princeton University and is both a Social Psychologist and a licensed Clinical Psychologist.  She has taught a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate courses, including clinical, developmental, and social psychology, and research methods.  She combines a background in university teaching and research with her experience as a practicing clinical psychologist, and has presented and published professionally in the field.  She is experienced in working clinically with children, adolescents, adults, and geriatric populations.  Her love of mentoring brought her to the Cal Lutheran community in the late 1990s, where she strives to excite and guide students in the many aspects of psychological inquiry.  Her research interests have included understanding identity development and building openness to diversity, resilience, and the ability to thrive in the face of stressors.  Her current focus is on developing interventions to build resilience and thriving in young adults.  She is the past Director of the Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Scholarship and enjoys involving students in her work each year on research teams.

Education

Princeton University, Ph.D. in Psychology; Princeton University, M.A. in Psychology; College of William and Mary, B.A. in Psychology, Magna Cum Laude; Phi Beta Kappa

Publications


Recent Publications and Professional Presentations

Gerson, M. J., Gerson, M. W., Georgeff, J., Fernandez, T., Renee, N., Randazzo, K., & Conceicao, I. (May, 2016). Cognitive, affective, and physiological responses to magic performances. Poster for the annual Association for Psychological Science Convention in Chicago, IL.

Gerson, M. W., Fahmy, P., Glossbrenner, E., & Mullen, S. (May, 2016). Predictors of resilience, thriving, and positive affect: Spirituality and perceived social support. Poster for the annual Association for Psychological Science Convention in Chicago, IL.

Gerson, M. W., Mullen, S., Fahmy, P., & Glossbrenner, E. (April, 2016). Are extraverts and introverts equally strong in resilience and thriving? Poster for the annual Western Psychological Association Convention in Long Beach, CA.

Gerson, M. W., Glossbrenner, E., Mullen, S., & Fahmy, P. (August, 2015). Differential predictors of thriving for extraverts and introverts. Poster accepted for presentation at the annual American Psychological Association Convention in Toronto, Canada.

Gerson, M. W., Fahmy, P., Glossbrenner, E., & Mullen, S. (May, 2015). Predictors of resilience and thriving: Spirituality and perceived social support. Poster presented at the annual Western Psychological Association Convention in Las Vegas, May, 2015.

Gerson, M. W., & Neilson, L. (2014). The importance of identity development, principled moral reasoning, and empathy as predictors of openness to diversity in emerging adults. SAGE Open, 4(4), 1-11. doi:10.1177/2158244014553584

Waters, A. F., & Gerson, M. W. (May, 2014). Expressing gratitude to increase resilience and thriving in recovering substance abusers. Poster presented at the Association for Psychological Science Convention in San Francisco, CA, May, 2014. 

Gerson, M. W., & Fernandez, N. (2013). PATH: a program to build resilience and thriving in undergraduates. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 43, 2169-2184. doi: 10.1111/jasp.12168

Waters, A. F., & Gerson, M. W. (August, 2013). A brief self-administered treatment to build resilience in recovering substance abusers. Poster presented at the American Psychological Association in Honolulu, HI, July-August, 2013. 

Gerson, M. W., Foster, D. D., Waters, A. F., Lynds, J. M., Ford B. M., Breda, A. I., Chavez, R. L., & Lim, J. (June, 2013). Impact of a gratitude intervention on life satisfaction: Is it being thankful or being thanked that promotes well-being?Poster presented at the World Congress on Positive Psychology in Los Angeles, June, 2013.

Waters, A. F., & Gerson, M. W. (June, 2013). Predictors of thriving: Importance of a personal sense of purpose. Poster presented at the World Congress on Positive Psychology in Los Angeles, June, 2013.

Waters, A. F., & Gerson, M. W. (May, 2013). Predictors of resilience for adults recovering from substance abuse. Poster presented at the Association for Psychological Science Convention in Washington, DC, May, 2013.

Waters, A. F., & Gerson, M. W. (April, 2013). A brief, self-administered treatment to promote thriving in substance abuse recoverers. Poster presented at the Western Psychological Association Convention in Reno, NV, April, 2013.

Gerson, M. W. (October, 2012). Undergraduate research is transformative for identity development. Poster accepted for presentation at the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Pre-Conference in Hamilton, Canada. 

Gerson, M. W., Lynds, J. M., Casas, R. E., Attalla, N. C., Cord, R. E., Deriani, S. M., & Lugo Rios, R. (April, 2012). Stressor characteristics and explanatory styles that promote resilience. Poster presented at the Western Psychological Association Convention, San Francisco, CA. 

Fernandez, N., & Gerson, M. (August, 2010). Application of Modified Penn Resiliency Program Approach to University Students.  Poster presented at the American Psychological Association Convention, San Diego, CA. 

Gerson, M., & Neilson, L. (August, 2009). Predictors of openness to diversity in college students. Poster presented at the American Psychological Association Convention in Toronto, Canada. 

Gerson, M., & Neilson, L. (August, 2009). Gender differences in identity development of first-year college students. Poster presented at the American Psychological Association Convention in Toronto, Canada. 

Gerson, M., & Neilson, L. (May, 2008). Differential predictors of diversity tolerance in topdogs and underdogs. Poster presented at the Association of Psychological Science Convention in Chicago, IL.