Applied Psychology

An understanding of psychology can be applied to every aspect of professional and personal life. The Department of Applied Psychology offers courses that provide a deep understanding of the self, other people, and how to apply that knowledge to a broad range of professional fields.


Department Faculty

Adjunct Professors

  • Louis Cerbo
  • Bary R. Fleet
  • Laurie Hazard
  • Robert Masse
  • Jo-Anne Petrie
  • William Phillips
Butler, Allison

Allison G Butler

Associate Professor, Applied Psychology
Faculty Suite J, Room 146
Ph D, Boston College
M Ed, University of Virginia
BS, The College of William and Mary

Educational Psychology Child & Adolescent Development Psychological Testing & Assessment Introduction to Psychology Child Psychopathology Design Thinking

Sociocultural Influences on Cognition and Learning in K-12 Populations, Design Thinking in Schools, Higher Education Pedagogy, Educational Policy, Environmental Influences on Child Development and Behavior

  • American Educational Research Association
  • American Psychological Association
  • New England Psychological Association
  • 2016, Faculty "Honorary Coach"
  • 2015, Excellence in Service Award
  • 2015, Faculty Merit Award
  • 2014, Faculty Innovation Grant Recipient
  • 2014, Contributing to Success Innovation Award
  • 2014, Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Honors Society
  • 2014, Invited Scholar Grant Recipient
  • 2013, Lenovo Pilot Faculty Fellowship
  • 2013, Faculty Merit Award
  • 2013, Young Alumna Award for Leadership, Initiative and Service
  • 2011, Distinguished New Faculty Award
  • 2010, Faculty Merit Award

Butler, A., Well Worth the Investment: The Personal and Societal Value of a College Education, ABC-CLIO, 2015.

Butler, A., Exploring the Role of Social Reasoning and Self-Efficacy in the Mathematics Problem-Solving Performance of Lower- and Higher-Income Children, Journal of Educational Research and Practice, 2013.

Butler, A., Professional and Legal Obligations Maintain School Accountability for Bullying, ABC-CLIO, 2013.

Weinberger, N., Schumacher, P., Butler, A., Looking Inside and Out: Perceptions of Physical Activity in Child Care Spaces, Early Child Development and Care, 2013.

Butler, A., Toy Guns, ABC-CLIO, 2012.

Lucariello, J., Tine, M., Butler, A., Meet the 'Reading Rangers': Curriculum for Teaching Comprehension Strategies to Urban Third Graders, Penn GSE Perspectives on Urban Education, 2012.

Tine, M., Butler, A., Acute Aerobic Exercise Impacts Selective Attention: An Exceptional Boost in Lower-Income Children, Educational Psychology, 2012.

Butler, A., Charter Schools Chart the Course for Education Reform, ABC-CLIO, 2011.

Kennedy, K., Kennedy, M., Butler, A., Paying Students for Good Grades: Is it Sustainable and Should it Be?, Academic Leadership, 2010.

Butler, A., Lacey, H., Luiggi, N., Roberto, M., Innovation Nation: Teaching Middle School Students to be Design Thinkers.

Butler, A., Lenore, S., Perez, J., Educational exchange: Investigation of a videoconference-based instructional program for educational psycholoogy undergraduates and fifth graders, Psychology Learning and Teaching/ Sage Publishing.

Freedman, E., Butler, A., Greek Life: Perceptions on Campus and in the Workforce.

Gonzalez, J., Butler, A., Using Instructional Technologies to Maximize Student Engagement in the College Classroom.

Roberto, M., Butler, A., Why Design Thinking is Hard on the Brain.

Butler, A., Roberto, M., When Cognition Interferes with Innovation: Overcoming Cognitive Obstacles to Design Thinking, Research-Technology Management, 2018.

Weinberger, N., Butler, A., Schumacher, P., McGee, B., Brown, R. L., Child Life Specialists' Evaluation of Hospital Playroom Design: A Mixed Method Inquiry, Journal of Interior Design (Special Issue on Health Care Design), 2017.

Butler, A., Beyond the AP, Lincoln School, 2016.

Butler, A., The Case for Single Sex Education, ABC-CLIO Issues: Understanding Controversy and Society, 2016.

Weber, L., Butler, A., Lessons from the Karate Kid: Using Popular Films in Educational Psychology, Information Age Publishing, 2016.

Butler, A., Humans Are More Intelligent Working With Technology and More Intelligent as a Result of Technology, ABC-CLIO, 2014.

Butler, A., Kennedy, K., Changing the Order of Mathematic Test Items: Helping or Hindering Students?, The Journal of Humanistic Mathematics, 2013.