Melissa Terlecki, PhD
Chair and Professor, Psychology
The pedagogy of Melissa Terlecki, PhD, involves immersing students in an interactive, fluid learning environment. In the classroom, she fosters a comfortable, engaging atmosphere where students feel free to share, discuss, laugh, and think critically.
Terlecki believes strongly in the value of working to better the community, and spends a great deal of time volunteering with organizations aimed at making a positive impact. Terlecki has co-authored several interdisciplinary publications with her colleagues on community-based research. These works include creating courses and publications around watershed restoration and the history of mental health in Norristown, PA and other surrounding areas.
As an author, she has presented and published numerous articles and a book on training in spatial ability (including videogaming) and closing the gender gap. Her most recent efforts involve building a new leadership program at Cabrini University, with a focus on metacognition.
As a workshop presenter and course instructor, she engages students, faculty, and staff in metacognitive techniques and provides pedagogical tools to utilize both inside and outside of the classroom.
Terlecki also volunteers for numerous organizations, committees, and fundraisers throughout the year, including serving on the Editorial Board of Sex Roles: A Journal of Research. She also serves as the current Chair of the Psychology Department and Co-Director of the Nerney Leadership Institute at Cabrini.
Terlecki earned her doctoral degree in Cognitive Psychology with a specialization in Neuroscience from Temple University and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from The College of New Jersey.