Journal of Traumatic Stress Disorders & Treatment ISSN: 2324-8947

Melanie D. Hetzel-Riggin

 Program Chair, Psychology

Associate Professor of Psychology
Research Coordinator, CORE
PennState Behrend

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Biography

 I received my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in August of 2005 from Northern Illinois University after completing my doctoral clinical internship at the Counseling and Student Development Center Northern Illinois University. I am also a licensed clinical psychologist in Pennsylvania and Illinois. My dissertation investigate the role of peritraumatic dissociation on physiological reactivity to reminders of rape experiences. My current research focus is on trauma and coping styles, specifically the relationship between avoidant and unhealthy coping styles after sexual trauma. My teaching interests include introductory psychology, personality and adjustment, abnormal psychology, clinical psychology, career counseling, trauma and crisis, and ethics and multiculturalism. I also supervise students therapy; provide consultation; and provide individual, group and family therapy. I worked for eight years in the Psychology Department at Western Illinois University and am currently an Associate Professor of Psychology at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College. More information about my teaching, research, and clinical work can be found throughout this site.

Research Interest

 Her teaching interests include introductory psychology, personality and adjustment, abnormal psychology, clinical psychology, career counseling, trauma and crisis, and ethics and multiculturalism.

 
Dr. Hetzel-Riggin currently has three lines of research that have a number of ongoing projects within each. The first is focused on interpersonal violence prevention, testing an experimental design to assess bystander intervention attitudes and behaviors to improve bystander intervention programming. The second line of research she is involved in is related to coping and resiliency, and lastly, she’s involved in addressing bullying, peer mistreatment, and positive youth development. 

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