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Lauren Littlefield ’91

Class of 1991
Major/Minor
psychology

Title

Chair, Department of Psychology Associate Professor of Psychology

Education

  • B.A., Washington College, 1991
  • M.S., Drexel University, 1994
  • Ph.D., Drexel University, 1997

Teaching Interests

  • Assessment and diagnosis of psychopathology
  • Group treatments/therapy

Research Interests

  • The link between learning ability and reading skills in children
  • Role of the frontal lobes in ADHD

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About My Training

I graduated from Washington College (WC) in 1991 as a psychology major and a sociology minor. My training and coursework at WC made for an easy transition into graduate school. The path I took was to study Clinical Psychology at Drexel University (M.S. in 1995; Ph.D. in 1997). I specialized in human clinical neuropsychology across the life span which includes assessment, diagnosis, and psychological intervention for disorders such as autism, brain injury, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, learning disabilities, brain tumor/stroke, and dementia as well as for the classic psychiatric disorders like anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, and problems with adjustment due to health conditions. My background integrates the fields of clinical psychology, cognitive psychology, and neurology.

About My Teaching

I teach a variety of practical Clinical Psychology courses. Clinical/Counseling coursework at WC provides a solid skill foundation for a number of helping professions like Psychologist, Occupational Therapist, Nurse, and School Counselor. I challenge myself to engage my students and to get them excited about the topics I teach. My three favorite course offerings are: (1) Child Assessment- focusing on cognitive and behavior assessment of children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Mental Retardation, and Reading Disorder; (2) Psychopathology II- studying neurological abnormalities and medical disorders with psychiatric presentations (sleep disorders, eating disorders, chronic pain, developmental disorders, and dementias); (3) Human Neuropsychology- indirectly measuring brain functioning through cognitive testing techniques and neurological case examples of people with strokes, tumors, traumatic brain injury, and seizure disorders. I also thoroughly enjoy teaching Group Processes, Multicultural Psychology, and Psychological Testing.

About My Research

My main research interests involve Reading Disorder, ADHD, gifted populations, and medical neuropsychology. My most recent peer-reviewed, collaborative work was published in 2005.

Littlefield, L. M. & Klein, E. (2005). Examining Visual-Verbal Association in Children with and without Reading Disorder Reading Psychology: An International Journal, 26, 363-385.

Some additional publications include the following titles: Higher Level Cognition; Outcome After Mild Head Injury; Neuropsychological Assessment and Functional Capacity; and Using and Interpreting Orientation Exams.

One of the best parts of teaching undergraduate psychology is sharing research interests with students. Every one of our psychology majors at WC completes an original senior research project, and in several of my courses, a group experimental project is a laboratory requirement. I also welcome students to join my research team. Students critically think about and analyze data in areas of their interest, and their work is typically rigorous enough to be presented at the department’s favorite regional conference: the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association. Student names are italicized in the select list of references from the past several years.

Christopher, E. Bendos, S. McCue, M. K., Horney, A. & Littlefield, L. (March 2006). Do Teacher-Generated Mnemonics Help or Hinder Learning in Elementary School Children? Poster presentation at the 77th annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association. Baltimore.
Littlefield, L. M. & Klein, E. (2005). Verbal working memory and semantic associations: Differences between children with and without Reading Disorder. Presented at the American Psychological Association convention (August). Also presented at the National Academy of Neuropsychology convention (October).
Turner, C. M., Riggs, M., Kerchner, M. T. & Littlefield, L .M. (March 2005). Relating testosterone and cortisol levels with hyperactivity and aggressive behaviors in male children with ADHD. Poster presentation at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association. Boston.
Littlefield, L. M., Beever, M. B., Wagner, T., & Burns, K. (April 2004). Emotional adjustment and leadership traits in gifted college students. Poster presented at the 75th meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Washington, DC. Also presented in October 2004 as a fall family day poster at Washington College.
Paskin, A. B. & Littlefield, L. M. (March 2003). Can frontal lobe measures discriminate between young adult females diagnosed with ADHD as children and controls? Poster presented at the 74th meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Baltimore, at the 14th annual Saint Joseph s University Sigma Xi Student Research Symposium on April 11, 2003, and at the Washington College Sigma Xi poster session on April 23, 2003.

Any questions? Feel free to contact me through e-mail: llittlefield2@washcoll.edu.

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