ABOUT THE AUTHORS

​Our authors are distinguished academics that bring a wealth of experience from in and outside of the classroom. They are dedicated to providing faculty and students with the highest quality educational resources at affordable prices.​

Lester M. Sdorow, PhD (Late)
Arcadia University

Les Sdorow was chairperson of the Department of Psychology at Arcadia University (formerly Beaver College). He received his B.A. from Wilkes College and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Hofstra University. He was chairperson of the Department of Behavioral Science at St. Francis College (Pa.) and the Department of Psychology at Allentown College (now DeSales University). Les was named Outstanding Educator at St. Francis College and Teacher of the Year at Allentown College. He also cofounded (with the late Richmond Johnson of Moravian College) the Annual Lehigh Valley Undergraduate Psychology Research Conference (one of the oldest such conferences in North America) and served as president of the Pennsylvania Society of Behavioral Medicine and Biofeedback. 

 

Les’s research interests were in psychophysiology, sport psychology, and health psychology. His main teaching interests included introductory psychology, research methods, sport psychology, health psychology, and history of psychology. Les made numerous presentations on the teaching of psychology at local, regional, and national conferences. He also was invited to contribute a chapter to the first book published by NITOP (2005), Voices of Experience: Memorable Talks from the National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology, copublished by the American Psychological Society.

Cheryl A. Rickabaugh, PhD

University of Redlands

Cheryl A. Rickabaugh is Professor of Psychology at the University of Redlands. She received her B.A. from California State University, Los Angeles, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in social-personality psychology at the University of California, Riverside. She has received two Outstanding Faculty Awards for teaching during her 26 years at the University of Redlands. Cheryl teaches introductory psychology, research methods, social psychology, and psychology of gender, in addition to a travel abroad course, Jews, Muslims & Basques: Their sociocultural contributions to Spain. She also teaches an interdisciplinary course—women, wellness, and sport—in the University of Redlands Women and Gender Studies program.

She has published research in social psychology, health psychology, psychology of gender, and the teaching of undergraduate psychology, and is the author of Sex and Gender: Student Projects and Exercises, 2nd ed. (2005). Believing that one is never too old to learn, she is taking Spanish classes at the University of Redlands and El Instituto de Cervantes. She lives in Spain during her summer breaks.

Adrienne J. Betz, PhD

Quinnipac University

Adrienne J. Betz is a member of the Department of Psychology at Quinnipiac University. Shereceived her B.A. from University of Connecticut in psychology. Her M.A. and Ph.D., alsofrom University of Connecticut, were in behavioral neuroscience in the Psychology Departmentunder the supervision of John D. Salamone. After receiving her Ph.D., she was a post-doctoral and associate at Yale School of Medicine in molecular psychiatry under the supervision of Jane R. Taylor. She is currently the Director of Behavioral Neuroscience at Quinnipiac University and organizes a regional neuroscience conference, NEURON, which supports undergraduate and graduate research in neuroscience. Adrienne’s main teaching interests include physiologicalpsychology, senior thesis and research methods in behavioral neuroscience. Her research, published in journals such as Psychopharmacology, Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience,Neuroscience, Pharmacology, and Biochemistry & Behavior, focuses on changes that occur in the brain after experiencing stress.