Social Sciences Faculty

Sarah Uzelac

Associate Professor of Psychology

Degrees

Doctor of Philosophy, Louisiana State University
Master of Arts, Louisiana State University
Bachelor of Science, Southern Oregon University (magna cum laude)

Office: Whittaker Hall, Room 203
Office Hours: Tuesday and Thursday: 10 am-11 am; Wednesday 9:30 am-11:30 am; other times by appointment
Phone: 845-569-3860
Email: sarah.uzelac@msmc.edu

Courses

PSY 1010 General Psychology
PSY 3060 Biological Psychology
PSY 4332 The Biopsychology of Birth

Bio

Professor Uzelac was born and grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area of California. She completed her bachelor of science degree in psychology with a minor in biology and graduated magna cum laude from Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Oregon, in 1998.

Following the completion of her undergraduate degree, Professor Uzelac continued her education at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, focusing her graduate studies on the role of neurotransmitter systems in stress responding in animals. It was in this area that Professor Uzelac earned a master of arts in psychology in 2001 with her thesis, "Serotonin Involvement in Physical and Psychological Stress: Effects of Centrally Administered Methysergide."

She persisted in this field of study, earning her doctoral degree with her work entitled, "Serotonin and Stress Responding in Animals: Role of 5-HT2A/C Receptors in the Central and Peripheral Nervous Systems," in 2005.

Between the completion of her master's and doctoral degrees, Professor Uzelac worked as a research coordinator for The Center for Neuropsychiatric Outcome and Rehabilitation Research (CENORR) at the Zucker Hillside Hospital campus of North Shore Long Island Jewish Medical Center, in Queens, New York. At CENORR, she was involved in two longitudinal National Institute of Mental Health funded projects, investigating the impact of neurocognitive deficits on everyday functioning in people with severe mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and major depression.

After three years of full-time research at CENORR, Professor Uzelac began her teaching career at Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, New York, in the fall of 2005. She teaches both introductory psychology courses as well as upper level courses in biological psychology, psychopharmacology, the biopsychology of birth, and the capstone seminar in psychology.

Since joining the Mount faculty, Dr. Uzelac has been involved in several research projects including investigations into adolescent egocentrism, internet use in adolescents and young adults, and a project designed to discover patterns of homelessness for the Orange County Department of Social Services. She is also currently pursuing a project focused on the connection between education, socio-cultural beliefs about birth, and perinatal interventions.

Professor Uzelac is married and has two children.

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