Curriculum Vitae


University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 2006
Ph.D. in Applied Developmental Psychology
Dissertation: A Content Analysis of the Treatment Narratives of Patients with Complicated Grief
Quantitative Research Methodology Minor

Geneva College, Beaver Falls, PA 2000
B.S. in Pre-Professional Psychology, Minor in Music
Summa Cum Laude, Psi Chi, Alpha Chi


Carlow University
Dean, College of Leadership & Social Change, Feb 2019-present
Interim Dean, College of Leadership & Social Change, Aug 2018-Feb 2019
Co-Chair, Department of Psychology & Counseling, Fall 2016-present
Program Director, Undergraduate Psychology Program, Fall 2010-2016
Associate Professor of Psychology, 2012-present
Assistant Professor of Psychology, 2007-2012
Adjunct Instructor, Psychology, 2003-2007

Portage Learning/NursingABC
Course Facilitator & Online Course Designer, 2004-present

DeVry University
Adjunct Instructor, hybrid psychology course, 2005-2008

Geneva College
Adjunct Instructor/Course Designer, Degree Completion Program, 2006-2007
Teaching Assistant, Tutor, Proctor & Grader, 1999-2000

University of Pittsburgh
Graduate Student Assistant, School of Education, 2000-2001
Teaching Fellow, School of Education, 2002-2005
Graduate Student Researcher, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, 2001-2005


Sisters of Mercy Award for Excellence in Advising, 2011
Grace Ann Geibel Institute for Justice and Social Responsibility Grant, 2011, 2012, 2014
Faculty Development award, 2009, 2012, 2015, 2016
Strategic Planning Mini-Grant, National Science Foundation, 2007
Psychology Award, Geneva College, Pittsburgh, PA, 1999
Valedictorian, Beaver Country Christian School, New Brighton, PA, 1996



Dr. Wilsey holds a Ph.D. in Applied Developmental Psychology (with a minor in Quantitative Research Methodology) from the University of Pittsburgh and a B.S. in Pre-Professional Psychology (with a minor in Music) from Geneva College. She has taught at the University of Pittsburgh, DeVry University, and Geneva College.

She was appointed to Dean of the College of Leadership and Social Change in February 2019. She served as Department Co-Chair/Program Director of Undergraduate Psychology for nearly a decade prior to that appointment. She has been a full professor of Psychology since 2017. Dr. Wilsey teaches courses in undergraduate and graduate programs in human development, research methods, community psychology, and research methods.

Her current research focuses on two areas: 1) college students' career and work-life choices, and 2) using experiential learning to promote community engagement among college students. Her previous experience as Director of the Carlow Compass curriculum has helped serve in her research. She received the Sisters of Mercy Award for Excellence in Advising in 2011.


Chung, T.R., Myikita, A., Lesgold, E., & Wilsey, S.A. (2018). Quick response code scanning for children's informal learning. International Journal of Information and Learning Technology. In press.

Wilsey, S.A., Welty, A.M., & Whelpley, W.V. (2017). Community engagement in a former steel town: The role of a living-learning community. PRISM: A Journal of Regional Engagement, 6(1), 15-31.

Wilsey, S.A., Welty, A.M., & Van Wyhe, W. (2016). Promoting civic engagement and community attachment through living-learning communities: A program evaluation of City House. Paper submitted to the Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship.

Wilsey, S.A., Friedrichs, J., Gabrich, C., & Chung, T. (2014). A privileged pedagogy for privileged students? A preliminary mixed-methods analysis comparing first-generation and non-first-generation college students on post-evaluations of service-learning courses. PRISM: A Journal of Regional Engagement, 3(2), 79-97.

Wilsey, S.A. (2013). Comparisons of adult- and traditional college-age student mothers: Reasons for college enrollment and views of how enrollment affects children. Journal of College Student Development, 54(2), 209-214.

Wilsey, S.A., Arnold, N. Y., Criado, M. M., & Mykita, A. (2013). Experiential teaching in an adult development course: Promoting and understanding of intergenerational interactions. Journal of Prevention & Intervention in the Community, 41(2), 82-88.

Wilsey, S.A., & Shear, M.K. (2007). Descriptions of social support in treatment narratives of complicated grievers. Death Studies, 31, 810-819.


Research Interests

Dr. Wilsey's research interests include emerging adulthood and vocational choice, experiential learning in higher education, work/family/school interface for adult learners, and community-based research as pedagogy.