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, Valedictorian


Carlow University
Program Director, Undergraduate Psychology Program, Fall 2010-present
Assistant Professor of Psychology, 2007-present
Adjunct Instructor, Psychology, 2003-2007

Portage Learning
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, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2014
Faculty Development award, 2009, 2012, 2015
Strategic Planning Mini-Grant, National Science Foundation, 2007
Psychology Award, Geneva College, Pittsburgh, PA, 1999



PhD – Applied Development Psychology, Research Methodology minor 2006, University of Pittsburgh
B.S. – Pre-Professional Psychology, Music minor 2000, Geneva College

Dr. Wilsey is the Director of the Undergraduate Psychology Program at Carlow University and an associate professor in the Department of Psychology & Counseling. She primarily teaches developmental and research courses at the undergraduate level, but also teaches research and statistics courses in the Masters in Professional Counseling and Psy.D. programs at Carlow.



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.