Psychology Faculty

Our faculty members research and specialize in child development, developmental psychology, forensic psychology, learning disabilities and psychotherapy - providing students with exposure to many specializations within psychology, whether they take classes on campus or online.

Faculty hold doctorates in psychology, have experience in their areas of expertise and contribute regularly to scholarly research; they also have extensive academic and professional experience. Students can work with faculty on research, presentations, and papers while they prepare to enter the work force or attend graduate school.

Krista Butland - Lecturer


Krista joined SNHU in 2014 as a lecturer in psychology. She has served as an adjunct professor of psychology at Mount Washington College, Northern Essex Community College, University of Massachusetts Lowell and Middlesex Community College. Courses taught include Intro to Psychology, Race, Gender and Class, Psychology of Women, and Human Sexuality.

Butland received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Salve Regina University, her Master of Arts in Community Social Psychology from the University of Massachusetts Lowell, and is completing her Doctor of Philosophy at Walden University.

Butland’s research interests include social rejection and belongingness, self-esteem and self-efficacy and sexual prejudice/homophobia.

Professional Affiliations include American Psychological Association, Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Society for the Teaching of Psychology, Association for Continuing Higher Education and the Eastern Psychological Association.

Karen Erickson - Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences


Dr. Karen Erickson came to SNHU in 2006 after 15 years at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, where she was on the political science faculty and awarded emerita rank. She directed programs in science, education, public policy and in Arctic affairs and policies assessment. Erickson also has held university teaching and administrative posts in Canada and Norway.

Erickson holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Stanford, a Master of Arts in Political Science and Doctor of Philosophy from Harvard.

Erickson is a founder of the University of the Arctic and was on the U.S. delegation to the Arctic Council. Her publications cover Arctic and international politics, security, environmental policy, cold war legacies, rural education and postwar politics of Finland.

A winner of two Fulbright awards, Erickson has held fellowships with the Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs, the Scholar's Roundtable-NYU School of Law and the National Foundation for the Improvement of Education. She is a Leadership Fellow of the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement and a member of the board of directors of the American Conference of Academic Deans as well as the World Affairs Council of New Hampshire.

Peter Frost - Dept. Chair, Professor


Dr. Peter Frost, who has been teaching psychology at SNHU since 2001 and chairs the psychology department, believes that if he can encourage students to pursue their own research interests, they will learn the concepts. Frost uses a variety of teaching techniques – visuals, lectures, discussions, and activities - to ensure every student grasps the concepts.

Frost's teaching and research interests include cognitive psychology and neuroscience. His current publications examine the relationship between personality and false memory susceptibility. In 2007, he was awarded the Excellence in Teaching Award by SNHU and Outstanding Instructor in 2008. Frost is the faculty advisor for the Psychology Student Association and a member of the School of Arts and Sciences Scholarship Committee.

Frost received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Framingham State College, his Master of Arts in Neuroscience from Baylor University and his Doctor of Philosophy in Neuroscience from Baylor University.

Frost is a past president of New England Psychological Association and current member of their steering committee.

His editorial activity includes work as a reviewer of American Journal of Psychology Consciousness and Cognition, and the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory and Cognition Memory.

Publications include Frost, P.J., Nussbaum, G., Loconto, T., Syke, R., Warren, C., & Muise, C. (2013)  An individual differences approach to the suggestibility of memory over time.  Memory, 21(3), 408-416.

Frost has presented at various conferences including Frost, P., Kingsley, V., Nussbaum, G. & Loconto, T. (2011). ''False memory through imagination inflation: State or trait?'' Paper presented at the New Hampshire Psychological Association Student Convention, Durham, New Hampshire.

Betsy Gunzelmann - Professor


Dr. Betsy Gunzelmann has been a professor of psychology at SNHU since 1996 and is the former chair of SNHU’s Psychology Department. Gunzelmann has directed graduate programs in counseling and psychotherapy and is a licensed psychologist. She has considerable experience in private practice and in schools in the areas of assessment, learning disabilities, anxiety and school climate issues. Gunzelmann was awarded Outstanding Service & Leadership from the Psychology Department in 2011.

Gunzelmann received her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, her Master of Education in Elementary Education, her Master of Education in Guidance and Counseling from Salem State College and her Doctor of Education in Humanistic Education and Human Services from Boston University.

She has authored several articles on gender differences and learning and on "toxic" schools. Her current research involves global psycho-educational concerns. Publications include "Barriers to Education: The Changes Needed for Our Schools," "Hidden Dangers to Kids' Learning: A Parent Guide to Cope with Education Roadblocks" and "Hidden Dangers: Subtle Signs of Failing Schools."

Gunzelmann is a member of the American Psychological Association, New Hampshire Psychological Association and New England Psychological Association.

Elise N. Pepin - Associate Professor


Joining SNHU in 2007, Dr. Elise N. Pepin is an associate professor of Psychology. Courses taught include Human Growth & Development (Life Span Development), Issues in Child Development, Issues in Adolescent Development, Social Development in Childhood & Adolescence, Introduction to Psychology, First Year Seminar, and Readings & Research in Psychology.

Pepin received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Brandeis University, her Master of Arts in Developmental Psychology, Master of Science in College Teaching and Doctor of Philosophy in Developmental Psychology from the University of New Hampshire.

Her recent presentations include Pepin, E. N., Dalton, D. & Chausse, B. (2011, October). "Psychological Benefits of College Student's Campus Involvement." Paper presented at the 51st Annual Meeting of the New England Psychological Association (NEPA). Fairfield, C.; Pepin, E. N., Cohen, S. & Heyman, J. (2011, October). "Psychosocial Development, Social Support, & Depression in College." Paper presented at the 51st Annual Meeting of the New England Psychological Association (NEPA). Fairfield, CT.

Publications include Pepin, E. N., & Banyard, V. L. (2006). "Social support: A mediator between child maltreatment and developmental outcomes." Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 35(4), 617-630.

Service at SNHU includes vice chair of and representative of the Psychology Department to the School of Arts & Sciences Curriculum Committee, University Curriculum Committee member and secretary, General Education Committee, and advisor to Psi Chi.

Pepin was nominated in 2010 and 2011 for the SNHU Teaching Excellence Award.

Jay Kosegarten - Assistant Professor


Since 2011, Dr. Jay Kosegarten has been an SNHU assistant professor of Psychology. His courses taught include research methods, abnormal psychology, social psychology and introduction to psychology. Kosegarten has conducted research involving visual perception and logic that includes the work behind his doctoral dissertation: ''If a duck were a rabbit: The logic of perceptual ambiguity and the importance of context.'' He has recently presented conference papers about the logic of the ''Monty Hall problem'' and about certainty regarding syllogistic reasoning. Other research has examined counterfactual reasoning and theory of mind.

Kosegarten received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Connecticut College, and a Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology from Long Island University-Brooklyn.

Kosegarten has delivered several presentations and published articles including Kosegarten, J. & Kose, G. (2008). Aspects of Wittgenstein’s psychological concepts. ''Varieties of Theoretical Psychology: International, philosophical, and practical concerns,'' pp. 357-364. Teo, Stenner, Rutherford, Park & Baerveldt (eds). Captus Press, Concord, Ontario, CA.

He is a member of the American Psychological Association, Jean Piaget Society, Society for Research in Child Development, International Society for Theoretical Psychology and the New England Psychological Association.

Michael Hendery - Assistant Professor


An assistant professor of psychology at SNHU since 2010, Dr. Michael Hendery's courses taught include Introduction to Psychology, Psychology of Personality, Social Psychology and Assessment and Testing. He is a licensed clinical psychologist and works in private practice.

Hendery received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Ithaca College, his Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from St. Michael's College and his Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology from George Washington University. He is also the recipient of the 2014 New Hampshire Excellence in Education award.

At SNHU, Hendery is the advisor for Psi Chi (International Honors Society in Psychology), a member of the Institutional Review Boar and the SAS Curriculum Committee.

Hendery is a member of Psi Chi and the American Psychological Association. His lectures include Hendery, M.R. (2010). "Short-term dynamic psychotherapy." Presented at The George Washington University Professional Psychology Symposium.  His current research is focused on the mentalization process in college students.