psychology faculty

The Psychology faculty members are active in their professions and present papers, attend conferences, conduct research, and serve in the professional organizations in their field.

R. Todd Coy

Associate Professor, Social Sciences and Education
(603) 526-3636 |

Joined the Colby-Sawyer faculty in 2005. He received his B.A. from the University of Houston; his M.A. from the University of Houston - Clear Lake, and his Ph.D. from Tufts University. His teaching areas include Biological Psychology, Drugs and Behavior, Research Methods and Statistics. His general research interests include the biological basis of behavior and psychopharmacology including drugs of abuse.

Lynn J. Garrioch

Associate Professor, Social Sciences and Education
(603) 526-3638 |

Joined faculty in 2001. Honors B.A. in psychology from Wilfrid Laurier University; M.A. and Ph.D. in applied social psychology from the University of Victoria. Professor Garrioch has a special interest in social psychology, personality psychology, and the psychology of women. Her teaching philosophy centers on student involvement and is extremely proactive in incorporating the young men and women during class time. Teaching interests include social psychology, introduction to psychology, adolescence, cross-cultural psychology and psychology and the law. Research interests include eye-witness testimony and jury deliberations.

Nicole Heller

Assistant Professor, Social Sciences and Education
(603) 526-3993 |

Joined faculty in 2013. B.A. from Wittenberg University; Ph.D, University of Maine. Professor Heller teaches courses in Developmental Psychology, Introduction to Psychology and Life Span Development. Her research interests examine the synergistic impact of adverse prenatal environments and non-optimal postnatal environments on infant socio-emotional development, specifically, maternal-infant dyadic interactions.

Darcy Mitchell

Associate Professor, Social Sciences and Education

(603) 526-3743 |

Joined faculty in 2010. M.A. in Early Childhood and Ph.D. in Applied Developmental Psychology from Boston College. Professor Mitchell has worked with children, families, and care providers in a variety of capacities, including as director of an Extended Day Program for preschool and elementary school children and as a representative of the Council for Early Childhood Professional Recognition. Prior to joining Colby-Sawyer College, she was the project manager for a longitudinal research study investigating the needs of children with disabilities and their families. Professor Mitchell has special interests in developmental theories, parenting, children with special needs, and diverse families.

Basia Pietlicki

Associate Professor, Social Science and Education
(603) 526-3976 |

Joined faculty in 2003. B.A. from University of New Hampshire; M.A. from University of Nevada, Las Vegas; Psy.D. from Forest Institute of Professional Psychology. Clinical Internship was completed at Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children in Honolulu, Hawaii. Professor Pietlicki is a clinical psychologist with extensive training in the treatment of trauma survivors. She has completed additional training in the evaluation and treatment of ADHD and has worked with families of divorce. Early in her career, she worked as a certified substance abuse counselor in Las Vegas, Nevada. Her clinical work includes individual, group, and family therapy, consultations with schools, presentations and workshops for teachers, parents, and service providers. Professor Pietlicki has been employed in a variety of mental health settings including hospitals, community mental health, and most recently as a partner in a multi-disciplinary private practice group in New Hampshire. She has contributed her time and expertise to a number of child abuse prevention organizations and has served on the board of directors of Prevent Child Abuse, New Hampshire. Her current interests are in the areas of positive psychology and service learning.

Courtney McManus

Associate Professor, Social Sciences and Education
(603) 526-3652 |

Joined faculty in 2008. Ph.D. in Psychological Science from Dartmouth College in 2006. B.S. in Research Psychology from Southern Connecticut State University in 2000. Areas of expertise include Child Development, Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Decision Making, Development of Abstract Concepts.