Joanne Quarfoth

Associate Professor

651-690-8632

jmquarfoth@stkate.edu

Joanne Quarfoth has taught at St. Catherine University since 1983, for several years as an adjunct before becoming a ranked faculty member. She wrote her Ph.D. thesis on children's understanding of the nature of television characters, discovering that children under the age of 7 tend to attribute life and consciousness to cartoon characters. She continued to study media influences, concentrating on media portrayals of women and men and exploring the continuities and discontinuities in messages about the status of women and men across multiple forms of media. Over the last five years, her research has focused on attitudes of college students toward seeking psychological counseling, focusing especially on evidence that negative attitudes derive from stigmatization of mental illnesses. The role of media advertisements in perpetuating negative attitudes toward seeking psychological counseling has also been explored.

Ph.D., Developmental Psychology
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1981

Master of Arts, Developmental Psychology
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, Distinction, 1976

Bachelor of Arts, Child Psychology
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, Summa Cum Laude, 1974

Quarfoth, J., Aase, H., Hennessy, M. & Schwartz, H. (2013). "Attitudes of College Students Toward Seeking Psychological Help." Minnesota Psychological Association Conference: April, 2013

Quarfoth, J., Aase, H., Hennessy, M. & Schwartz, H. (2012). "Attitudes of College Students Toward Seeking Psychological Services." Minnesota Undergraduate Psychology Conference