Curiculum Vitae


University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 2006
Ph.D. in Applied Developmental Psychology
Dissertation: A Content Analysis of the Treatment Narratives of Patients with Complicated Grief
Quantitative Research Methodology Minor

Geneva College, Beaver Falls, PA 2000
B. S. in Pre-Professional Psychology, Minor in Music
Summa Cum Laude, Psi Chi, Alpha Chi


Carlow University
Co-Chair, Department of Psychology & Counseling, Fall 2016-present
Program Director, Undergraduate Psychology Program, Fall 2010-2016
Associate Professor of Psychology, 2012-present
Assistant Professor of Psychology, 2007-2012
Adjunct Instructor, Psychology, 2003-2007

Portage Learning/Nursingabc
Course Facilitator & Online Course Designer, 2004-present

DeVry University
Adjunct Instructor, hybrid psychology course, 2005-2008

Geneva College
Adjunct Instructor/Course Designer, Degree Completion Program, 2006-2007
Teaching Assistant, Tutor, Proctor & Grader, 1999-2000

University of Pittsburgh
Graduate Student Assistant, School of Education, 2000-2001
Teaching Fellow, School of Education, 2002-2005
Graduate Student Researcher, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, 2001-2005


Sisters of Mercy Award for Excellence in Advising, 2011
Grace Ann Geibel Institute for Justice and Social Responsibility Grant, 2011, 2012, 2014
Faculty Development award, 2009, 2012, 2015, 2016
Strategic Planning Mini-Grant, National Science Foundation, 2007
Psychology Award, Geneva College, Pittsburgh, PA, 1999
Valedictorian, Beaver Country Christian School, New Brighton, PA, 1996



Dr. Wilsey is a Professor in the Department of Psychology & Counseling. She received her bachelor’s degree in Pre-Professional Psychology (with a Music minor) from Geneva College and her Ph.D. in Applied Developmental Psychology (with a Quantitative Research Methodology minor) from the University of Pittsburgh. She previously taught at the University of Pittsburgh, DeVry University, and Geneva College.

Her current research focuses on two areas: 1) college students' career and work-life choices, and 2) using experiential learning to promote community engagement among college students. Dr. Wilsey has directed or co-chaired the undergraduate psychology program at Carlow since 2010. She also currently serves as the Director of Carlow Compass curriculum. She received the Sisters of Mercy Award for Excellence in Advising in 2011.


Wilsey, S. A., Welty, A.M., & Van Wyhe, W. (2016). Promoting civic engagement and community attachment through living-learning communities: A program evaluation of City House. Paper submitted to the Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship.

Wilsey, S. A., Friedrichs, J., Gabrich, C., & Chung, T. (2014). A privileged pedagogy for privileged students? A preliminary mixed-methods analysis comparing first-generation and non-first-generation college students on post-evaluations of service-learning courses. PRISM: A Journal of Regional Engagement, 3(2), 79-97.

Wilsey, S. A. (2013). Comparisons of adult- and traditional college-age student mothers: Reasons for college enrollment and views of how enrollment affects children. Journal of College Student Development, 54 (2), 209-214.

Wilsey, S.A., Arnold, N. Y., Criado, M. M., & Mykita, A. (2013). Experiential teaching in an adult development course: Promoting and understanding of intergenerational interactions. Journal of Prevention & Intervention in the Community, 41(2), 82-88.

Wilsey, S. A., & Shear, M.K. (2007). Descriptions of social support in treatment narratives of complicated grievers. Death Studies, 31, 810-819.


Research Interests

Dr. Wilsey's research interests include emerging adulthood and vocational choice, experiential learning in higher education, work/family/school interface for adult learners, and community-based research as pedagogy.