PhD Clinical Psychology, Temple University (1992)
MA Clinical Psychology, Temple University (1989)
BA Psychobiology, Wellesley College (1985)
Postdoctoral Fellow, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Psychopathology and Development, Temple University (1995-1998)
Licensed Psychologist, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Member: American Psychological Association
American Psychological Society
Pennsylvania Psychological Association
Psi Chi, International Honor Society in Psychology
Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society
Abnormal Psychology, Theories of Personality, Introduction to Clinical Psychology, Academic supervision of required internship for the Psychological and Social Sciences degree program
My research interests include the development of psychosocial maturity among emerging adults, expressions of psychopathology with an emphasis on the influence of stigma and culture, and personality factors as they relate to mental health and risky behaviors among college students.
Sessa, F.M. (Accepted). Adolescence. In H. Friedman & C. Markey (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Mental Health, 2nd edition. Elsevier
Sessa, F.M. (2014). Happiness and the self: The role of realistic and unrealistic control beliefs. To be presented at the annual conference of the American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.
Sessa, F.M. (2013). Self-reported adulthood: Is it “True maturity” or “Pseudo-maturity”? Annual conference of the American Psychological Society, Washington, DC.
Standish, A. & Sessa, F.M. (2013). The development of a new scale to measure mental illness stigma. Annual conference of the Eastern Psychological Association, New York, NY.
Sessa, F.M. (2012). Differential predictors of healthy and risky behaviors during the transition to adulthood. Annual conference of the American Psychological Society, Washington, DC.
Sessa, F.M. (2011). Self-perceptions of adulthood among college students: Is it “maturity” or “pseudo-maturity”? Annual conference of the American Psychological Society, Washington, DC.
Foley, M. & Sessa, F.M. (2011). The framing of decisions among college students: Exploring Tversky and Kahneman’s paradigm. Annual conference of the American Psychological Society, Washington, DC.