Sarah Knapp, PhD

Assistant Professor of psychology, The Donald Everett Axinn division of social sciences

Everett Mansion 364
sknapp@svc.edu
802-447-6348

Sarah Knapp joined the Southern Vermont College community in August 2010 after earning a Ph.D. in Social/Health Psychology from Stony Brook University in May, 2008, and spending two years as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Mass. Sarah is currently an Assistant Professor of Psychology in the Social Sciences Division, and teaches several courses across the curriculum including Introduction to Psychology, Social Psychology, Health & Stress, and Conflict Resolution.

Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” “This is the kind of empowerment that I want my students to feel after they have graduated with their degree from SVC”, says Sarah; “It is the kind of empowerment that comes from having enough knowledge and self-confidence to succeed in life, despite all obstacles.” Sarah believes that learning is a lifelong experience and enjoys learning from her students as much as she enjoys having the opportunity to teach them.

Originally from a small town near Albany, NY, Sarah is happy to be living in Vermont. She loves the mountains, particularly the view from the living and learning space on campus. Being able to work at a place like Southern Vermont College, a small, friendly and student-centered campus community, is the reason that Sarah chose to be a college professor. She encourages current and prospective students (and their families) to contact her with any questions regarding the social sciences division/psychology major and to stop by and visit anytime they are on campus.

Education

  • PhD, Stony Brook University, 2008
  • MA, Stony Brook University, 2005
  • BS, SUNY College at Brockport, 2003

Courses taught

  • Psychology
  • Families & Society
  • Health and Stress
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Chemical Dependency
  • Social Psychology
  • Social Research

academic Research/interests

Social stigma, attribution theory, psychosocial aspects of having cancer, health message framing, illness metaphors

Areas of Expertise

Social/Health Psychology

Why I Teach

I enjoy watching students develop a better understanding of their own thoughts, feelings and behavior. I think of myself as a lifelong scholar of the social sciences, and I am eternally grateful for my experience in the classroom and for what my students have taught me over the years.

Favorite Book

"Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austen

Favorite Film

All of the "Harry Potter" movies

Best Part of Being at SVC

The talented students, the friendly faculty and staff, the beautiful campus...and Moozle Puuzle!