Faculty Profiles

Our faculty are active researchers, writers and speakers; many of them internationally known for their contributions toward the advancement of their fields of study. But, most of all, they're passionate, caring teachers.

  • Alvin P. Akibar, PhD

    Assistant Professor, Psychology

    Dr. Alvin P. Akibar studies relationships between identity (race/ethnicity, LGBTQ+), social experiences (discrimination, support) and health, particularly during the transition from adolescence to adulthood.
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  • Anaya Mitra, PhD, MPH

    Associate Professor, Psychology

    Anaya is associate professor of psychology at St. Catherine University. Her area of specialization is biological psychology and she received her doctorate from the University of Florida. Her doctoral work examined the impact of maternal obesity on fetal development, using a rodent model. She also holds a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Florida. Her master’s thesis examined smoking cessation outcomes at the local public health department, following dissemination of information regarding the adverse effects of smoking on one’s health and on one’s wallet. Following her doctoral work, she did a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Minnesota and the Veterans Administration Medical Center.

  • Andrea Olson, PhD

    Professor, Psychology

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  • Anne Williams-Wengerd, MS

    Assistant Professor, Psychology

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  • Arturo Sesma, PhD

    Associate Professor, Psychology

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  • Debra Huntley

    Assistant Professor, Psychology

    I am a licensed clinical psychologist with over 30 years of teaching at colleges and universities as a full-time professor.
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  • Gabrielle Filip-Crawford, PhD

    Assistant Professor, Psychology

    As a social psychologist, Gabrielle Filip-Crawford's work explores the ways in which we navigate our social world. How do we decide who to sit next to on the bus, trust to watch our children, or allow to borrow money? The ways in which we distinguish friend from foe or opportunity from threat shape how we perceive and act toward others. Gabrielle is especially interested in how these processes play out in various groups, including lesbians and gay men and people with mental illness. Her work also explores the concealability and visibility of sexual orientation, and the implications of this for both person perception processes and LGBT physical and mental health.

  • Jocelyn Fenton Stitt, PhD

    Division Chair of the Social Sciences, Associate Professor

    Jocelyn Fenton Stitt is an interdisciplinary scholar trained in women's and critical race studies. She earned her BA in Women's Studies and English from Pomona College, her MLitt in Caribbean cultural studies from the University of Edinburgh (UK), and her PhD in Women's Studies and English from the University of Michigan. Before joining St. Kate, she was Director of Research Development at the Institute for Research on Women and Gender at the University of Michigan, and before that, Associate Professor of Women's Studies at Minnesota State University.

    Her book Dreams of Archives Unfolded: Absence and Caribbean Life Writing (2021) is part of Rutgers University's Critical Caribbean Studies series.