Professor Gagnon enjoys exposing interconnections across the disciplines in her classes. She is as likely to be talking about art, literature, dance, or theater in her cognitive or neuro-based classes as she is to be talking about neurotransmitters, the amygdala, or mental rotation! Her courses feature service learning opportunities that connect the course material to the aims of social, economic, and environmental justice. Her primary area of scholarship in psychology focuses on language – how we perceive, produce, and use it, but her recent interests have migrated to the areas of positive psychology, creative self-expression, service learning, spirituality, and working on building a just and sustainable world. She is a recipient of the Doug Bernstein Award from the National Institute for the Teaching of Psychology for her work on creative self-expression pedagogy. Student evaluations consistently describe Professor Gagnon as a compassionate teacher and indeed, one of her primary aims in the classroom is to create a humane, compassionate, and nurturing environment in which all feel comfortable and encouraged to participate. Professor Gagnon believes that learning is inter-relational and that with an environment of equality and mutual respect, we all benefit and grow.
1986 B.A. University at Buffalo, Psychology
1993 Ph.D. University at Buffalo, Cognitive Psychology
Gagnon, D., & Morfei, M. (January, 2007). Diversifying the Psychology Curriculum: Lessons Learned (or, When Worlds Collide) . 29 th Annual National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology (NITOP), St. Petersburg Beach, FL.
Gagnon, D.A., Terlecki, M.S., Sweet, H., & Stoddart, R. (2006, August). Tapping the Creative: Using self-expressive methods in teaching psychology. Symposium to be presented at the 2006 American Psychological Association Convention, New Orleans, LA.
Gagnon, D.A. & Martin, N. (2002). Connectionist approaches to diagnosis, prognosis, and remediation of acquired naming disorders. Connectionist accounts of normal and disordered language: A clinical perspective . Hillsdale , NJ : Erbaum.
Psychology & Art
Cognition & Culture
Sensation & Perception
Science, Health, and Values