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Elisa Geiss, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Psychology

This fall, Professor Geiss will be instructing the psychology seminar, as well as the introduction to psychology, learning and behavior and introduction to biopsychology courses. “I’m excited to join the Olivet College community and look forward to working with students,” said Geiss. Geiss is joining Olivet from the University of Michigan where she recently received her doctorate in clinical psychology, studying stress and social support in adolescents at risk for developing depression. While in graduate school, she taught multiple courses and served as an academic advisor in the psychology department.

Prior to graduate school, she worked as a post-baccalaureate research assistant in a lab examining the early indicators of autism spectrum disorders at the University of California, San Diego, which is also where she had received her bachelor’s degree in psychology. Geiss’ research interests are in the area of family dynamics and the ways in which they contribute to adolescent depression. She has been an invited conference presenter and has published her research findings in several professional articles. Geiss said she finds psychology the most fascinating subject to study because it focuses on what makes us human. Every concept can be applied to one’s own life and allows us to understand other people better. “One reason for becoming a professor was being able to spark this passion for psychology in students as well,” said Geiss. “Additionally, some of my best experiences in the academic setting have been one-on-one interactions with students from exploring the students’ experiences, to mentoring and helping them to develop the pathway that is best for them.”


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