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Kathryn Wiezbicki-Stevens, EdD

Chair, Psychology Department; Professor of Psychology

BA, Smith College; MS, Springfield College; EdD, University of Massachusetts at Amherst

Since 1994, Kathryn T. Wiezbicki-Stevens has served on the faculty of the Bay Path University Psychology Department. During her tenure, she has taught child development, theories of personality, communicating in psychology, psychology of cultural diversity, and counseling and measurement, among others.

While at Bay Path, Wiezbicki-Stevens has been instrumental in developing a number of initiatives designed to enhance student development. Numerous grant-funded projects have targeted experiential learning, leadership programs, internships, and the unique learning needs of adult women and first-generation students. For several years, she worked in the Academic Development Center as an academic counselor. Within the Psychology Department, she introduced service learning projects to the curriculum and created Web sites for supporting students in the One Day A Week Saturday Program as well as traditional undergraduate students pursuing their internships. In 2007, she developed the highly successful Alum-Mentor Program in Psychology.

As a professional, Wiezbicki-Stevens has worked as an outreach caseworker for the Family Advocacy Program in Springfield, adjunct professor at Springfield College, and a psychotherapist for the elderly. Her current community involvement includes the Somalian Women’s Project based in Springfield, and the Community Partnership for Children serving Brimfield and surrounding towns. She is also the mother of two young sons.

Wiezbicki-Stevens received her doctorate from the University of Massachusetts in Educational Policy, Research, and Administration, her dissertation research focused on pedagogy, metacognition, and the neurological process of learning. She received her master of science in counseling psychology from Springfield College, and her thesis examined the effects of self-efficacy on motor performance. Prior to graduate school, she received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Smith College. While attending Smith, she was a 10-time All-American swimmer, and was on the founding executive board for the Smith Chapter of Amnesty International.