Psychology Faculty

Dr. Mark Kline

Mark Kline, Ph.D.

Chair, Psychology; Associate Professor of Psychology
(910) 480-8470
Trustees 122
Dr. Mark Kline
Mark Kline, Ph.D.

Chair, Psychology; Associate Professor of Psychology

B.S., Ph.D., Indiana University

Bio:

I came to Methodist University with a wide variety of lifetime experiences. I went to high school in Alice Springs, Australia and enlisted in the U.S. Navy following graduation. After trying my hand at construction, food service, and insurance sales, I landed on the academic path and haven’t looked back.

I am primarily interested in the relationship between belief and experience as influences on behavior. Early in my career I focused on the topic of alcohol use in adolescents. My experiences at Methodist University have expanded those interests into the realm of PTSD and to a focus on intervention studies surrounding binge drinking and academic performance. I have recently been addressing the topic of social media use and negative impacts that come from that.

My passion is to find new and engaging approaches to teach students about Psychology. I have used zombies, teenagers, and research projects to allow the world of Psychology to come alive for the students.

Research Interests:

Undergraduate Alcohol Use, Binge Drinking, Risky Behaviors in general, How belief affects behavior, Behavior Genetics of Alcohol Use (How biological and Environmental variables interact to cause a behavior)

Personal Interests:

Swim Coach, Soccer, Guitar, Stand Up Comedy

(910) 480-8470
Trustees 122
Dr. Donald Lassiter

Don Lassiter, Ph.D.

Vice President for Planning & Evaluation; Professor of Psychology
(910) 630-7081
Medical Science 101
Dr. Donald Lassiter
Don Lassiter, Ph.D.

Vice President for Planning & Evaluation; Professor of Psychology

B.A., Tulane University; M.S., Ph.D., Georgia Institute of Technology

Bio:

Dr. Lassiter is a Professor of Psychology who specialties include industrial/organizational psychology and human factors.  His research interests include workload and aging.  As Vice President for Planning & Evaluation, he is the person responsible for coordinating the University’s accreditation. He has also served as Methodist University’s Title III Coordinator.

(910) 630-7081
Medical Science 101
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Katharine Snyder, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychology
(910) 630-7535
Trustees 102
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Katharine Snyder, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychology

B.A., West Virginia Wesleyan College; M.S., Ph.D., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Bio:

Katharine Snyder is a nationally recognized researcher and professor of psychology at Methodist University. Katharine is best known for the creation of the Affective Auditory Verbal Learning Test (AAVLT), originally published in the Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology and the International Journal of Neuroscience. There have been numerous citations and publications using her AAVLT at esteemed universities like Virginia Tech, East Carolina, and Case Western Reserve. A review of AAVLT research recently came out in an edited book by her associate at East Carolina University.

In addition, she has numerous publications in the Mental Measurements Yearbook, a resource utilized by practicing psychologists around the globe. Her special areas of interest are experimental psychology, neuropsychology, and health psychology. At Virginia Tech, Katharine had the privilege of studying with Dr. Richard Winet, a famous researcher in the field of health psychology.

In addition to her love of scholarship, Katharine is an avid reader, a dog lover, and a fiber artist. In her limited spare time, she donates her handmade quilt works to the Local Quilts of Valor chapter (QOV) to be awarded to local veterans (any veteran can apply for a free handmade quilt at QOVF.org).

(910) 630-7535
Trustees 102