Liberal Arts & Sciences

Marla Jorgensen

Chair of LAS/ Professor of Psychology Email Memorial Hall, Room 135
Dr. Jorgensen holds a PhD in Developmental Psychology with a focus in child development. Her main research interests examine parenting and moral development with a particular interest in how parental lying influences moral reasoning, as well as an interest in children's understanding of parental fairness. Dr. Jorgensen has also studied divorce and how it influences parental bonding and attachment style in early adulthood. Through work with colleagues she has conducted research looking at celebrity worship, conspiracy beliefs, and anti-vaccine attitudes. Dr. Jorgensen has been a full-time member of the Psychology Department since 2013 and was an adjunct faculty member for many years prior. She is currently both a member of the Psychology Department and the Chairperson of the Liberal Arts and Sciences Department. 

Courses Taught

PSY 101 - Introduction to Psychology
PSY 232 - Child Development
PSY 234 - Social Psychology
PSY 252 - Adult Development
PSY 253 - Lifespan Development
PSY 315 - Abnormal Psychology
FYE 101 - Freshman Experience


  • PhD, Psychology (Developmental), The Graduate School and University Center of the City University of New York, 2013
  • MA, Psychology (Industrial/Organizational), George Mason University, 1997
  • BS, Psychology (Honors Psychology), University of Maryland, 1995
  • AA, Liberal Arts and Science, Farmingdale State College, 1993


  • Brian Colison, Lynn McCutheon, Jeanne Edman and Marla Johnston, Gender, age, marital status, and selection of a favorite celebrity of the opposite gender, Current Psychology, 41 2020, 1936-1942.
  • Brian Colison, Lynn McCutheon, Marla Johnston and Jeanne Edman, How Popular are Pop Stars? The False Consensus of Perceived Celebrity Popularity, Psychology of Popular Media, 2020.
  • Sayeedul Islam, Vahe Permzadian, Rownak Choudhury, Marla Johnston and Maria Anderson, Proactive personality as a predictor academic performance and citizenship behaviors among undergraduate students, Learning and Individual Differences, 65 2018, 41-49.
  • Marla Johnston and Herbert Saltzstein, “That’s not fair!”: Children’s judgments of maternal fairness and good/bad intentions, Journal of Social, Behavioral, and Health Sciences, 10(1) 2016, 82-92.
  • Marla Johnston, Children’s judgments of moral behavior and maternal fairness in transgression encounters, North American Journal of Psychology, 18(3) 2016, 577-596.

Awards & Honors

  • Golden Key International Honor Society Honorary Member; Chosen by students to be inducted as an honorary member at the Spring 2017 induction ceremony, 2017.
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