Melissa Terlecki, PhD
Chair and Associate 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. Her contributions to the community have included working with the Crabby Creek Partnership on watershed restoration, and more recently on a project at the Norristown State Hospital. There, she co-taught with Darryl Mace, PhD, on social justice issues revolving around the history of mental illness. Likewise, Terlecki has co-authored several interdisciplinary publications with her colleagues on community-based research.
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.
Other contributions include sponsoring annual free workshops to strengthen the skills of young women in math and science, areas in which they are underrepresented. 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 Institutional Review Board 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.