Undergraduate Programs

Dr. Susan E. Mason

Dr. Susan E. Mason

Professor of Psychology

Phone:
716.286.8358
Office Location:
DePaul Hall, Room 108

Bio

Dr. Susan E. Mason joined the Niagara University psychology faculty in September of 1979, after serving on the faculty at Buffalo State College (1977-1978), and West Virginia University (1978-1979). She served as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Niagara University from 1987 to 1997, and as vice president for academic affairs from 1997 to 2002.

 

Current Research

As one who teaches statistics, I am interested in identifying factors that contribute to statistics anxiety in students. The goal of the research is to develop teaching methods that reduce anxiety and improve performance. Another area of research interest is memory and aging. I have published articles on mental imagery, age differences in the use and effectiveness of various mnemonic techniques, memory for names and faces, visual search, time perception, and attitudes toward the elderly.

Educational Background

Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Psychology, with a minor in Education, Dickinson College, 1974.

Master of Science in General/Experimental Psychology, with a minor in Mathematics, Georgia Institute of Technology, 1975.

Doctor of Philosophy in General/Experimental Psychology, with a minor in Mathematics, Georgia Institute of Technology, 1977.

Current Involvement

My service activities include presentations to community groups, editorial and consulting work for professional organizations, service to the Mental Health Association, and service to the Center for Resolution and Justice. I offer presentations on conflict resolution, memory improvement, and aging to organizations throughout Western New York. Editorial and consulting work includes serving on review panels for publishing companies, reviewing conference papers, and reviewing journal manuscripts. I have been involved with the Mental Health Association and its programs for a number of years, and currently serve as Vice President and member of the Board of Directors. My main role with the Center for Resolution and Justice is to mediate community disputes and custody and visitation cases. I regularly volunteer to mediate cases in Erie and Niagara Counties. I also serve as a member of the Center’s Policies and Procedures Committee, a key advisory group that develops standards for mediation practices.