Mark Kline, PhD
Chair, Psychology; Associate Professor of Psychology
B.S., Ph.D., Indiana University
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.
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)
Swim Coach, Soccer, Guitar, Stand Up Comedy
Don Lassiter, PhD
Professor of Psychology; Director, Accreditation, Assessment & Student Learning
B.A., Tulane University; M.S., Ph.D., Georgia Institute of Technology
Dr. Lassiter is a Professor of Psychology who specialties include industrial/organizational psychology and human factors. His research interests include workload and aging. As former Vice President for Planning & Evaluation and current Director for Accreditation, Assessment, and Student Learning, he is the person responsible for coordinating the University’s accreditation. He has also served as Methodist University’s Title III Coordinator.
Laura Mars, PhD
Assistant Professor of Psychology
B.S., Methodist College; M.S., Ph.D., Walden University
Laura Mars, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of Psychology at Methodist University. She primarily teaches General Psychology, Theories of Personality, Social Psychology, and Memory and Cognition. While in the U.S. Army, Dr. Mars attended and graduated from Methodist College. Her love of education began almost 20 years ago when she left the military and began teaching. As a veteran, she is primarily interested in the challenges and topics related to the military family. Dr. Mars' areas of expertise include veterans and spouses, child development, and health psychology. She serves as advisor of the MU Psychology Club. In her spare time, Laura enjoys spending time outdoors with her family, gardening, and cooking. Laura received the Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Health Psychology from Walden University.
Katharine Snyder, PhD
Professor of Psychology
B.A., West Virginia Wesleyan College; M.S., Ph.D., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
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).