Psychology Faculty

    Kelly M. Johnson

    Associate Professor of Psychology and Coordinator of Psychology


      Phone: (845) 848-4074
      Email: kelly.johnson@dc.edu

      Dr. Johnson received her Ph.D. in Social Psychology from University of Delaware, an M.A. in General Experimental Psychology from California State University, Northridge, and a B.S. in International Finance from University of Southern California. Her research interests involve Intergroup Relations, particularly as anxiety and control are involved, and more recently, the effect of re-testing on students’ retention of course material. Among the courses Dr. Johnson teaches are Psychological Statistics, Quantitative Research Methods, Experimental Psychology and Social Psychology.

        Michael Ainette

        Assistant Professor of Psychology

          Phone: (845) 848-4103
          Email: michael.ainette@dc.edu

          Dr. Ainette received his B.A. in Psychology from Lehman College, and his M.A. in Psychology and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology (with a health emphasis) from the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology at Yeshiva University. His research interests involve identification of risk and protective factors for health outcomes with emphasis on stress, social support, and self-regulatory processes. The courses he teaches include, but are not limited to, General Psychology I and II, Psychology of Personality, Cognitive Neuroscience, Abnormal Psychology, and History and Systems of Psychology. Dr. Ainette is the faculty advisor for psychology internships and the Psychology Club advisor, as well.

            David Chun

            Assistant Professor of Psychology

              Phone: (845) 848-4070
              Email: david.chun@dc.edu

              Dr. Chun received his B.S. in 2001 at Rutgers University and his M.A. and Ph.D. in 2010 at the University of California at Davis. His research interest primarily focuses on emotion, cognition, and their applications in attachment theory. In particular, he is interested in the cognitive processes underlying avoidant defenses and their impact on health and overall well-being. Dr. Chun teaches General Psychology, Physiological Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, and Cultural Psychology.

                Blair Hoplight

                Assistant Professor of Psychology

                  Phone: (845) 848-4071
                  Email: blair.hoplight@dc.edu

                  Blair Hoplight received his BS in Biology, and a BA in Psychology from the State University of New York at Potsdam.  He received his Masters and Ph.D. in Bio Behavioral Sciences at the University of Connecticut at Storrs.  Currently his research includes studies of witness identification in lineups and the efficacy of games as learning and memory tools. Among the courses Dr. Hoplight teaches are Quantitative Research Methods, Psychology of Gender, Criminal Psychology and Senior Seminar for the Social Sciences. In addition, Dr. Hoplight coordinates the Psychology Club.