Social Sciences Faculty

Sarah Uzelac

Division Chair
Associate Professor of Psychology


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: Mon: 2–5 pm; Wed: 10 am–Noon and 1–3 pm; Tues/Thurs: 11:30 am-12:30 pm; other times by appointment
Phone: 845-569-3860


PSY 3060 Biological Psychology


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.

Specialization / Areas of Research

Biological Psychology, Neuroscience, Anxiety and Stress, Birth

Memberships and Professional Associations

American Association of University Professors (President, MSMC-AAUP chapter 2014-present)
Association for Psychological Science
Association of American University Women
Society for the Teaching of Psychology
Council for Undergraduate Research
Project Kaleidoscope


Uzelac, S. (2016). Changing Beliefs and Attitudes About Birth in Preconceptive Young Women: Effectiveness of In-Depth, Direct Pedagogy, Journal of Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health, 30 (4), 256-262.

Maynard, A.M., & Uzelac, S.M.  (2015). Using Active Learning to Teach Neuroanatomy: The Jigsaw Classroom. In M. Birkett (Ed.), Teaching Neuroscience: Practical Activities for an Engaged Classroom (1, pp. 13-22). Retrieved from the Society for the Teaching of Psychology web site:

Schwartz, Maynard, & Uzelac (2008). Adolescent Egocentrism: A Contemporary View. Adolescence, 43 (171), 441-449.

Hawkins, Uzelac, Hearn, & Baumeister (2008). Effects of Selective Serotonin2 Ligands on Behaviors Evoked by Stress in the Rat. Pharmacology, Biochemistry, and Behavior, 90, 632-639.

Berns, Uzelac, Gonzalez, Jaeger (2007). Methodological Considerations of Measuring Disability in Bipolar Disorder: Validity of the Multidimensional Scale of Independent Functioning. Bipolar Disorders, 9 (1-2), 3-10.

Jaeger, Tatsuoka, Berns,Varadi, Czobor,, Uzelac (2006). Associating functional recovery with neurocognitive profiles identified using partially ordered classification models. Schizophrenia Research, 85 (1-3), 40-48.

Uzelac, S., Jaeger, J., Berns, S., Gomes, C (2006). Premorbid adjustment in bipolar disorder: Comparison with schizophrenia. The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 194 (9), 654-658.
Uzelac, S., Nakayama, E., Berns, S., Auther, A., Cornblatt, B., Jaeger, J. (2005). Development of the Bipolar Prodrome Interview [Abstract]. Bipolar Disorders.

Jaeger, J, Petrides, G, Iannuzzo, R, Berns, S, O’Shea, D, Uzelac, S, Malhotra, A. (2004). Diagnosing Bipolar Disorder in Research: comparing two methods [Abstract]. Biological Psychiatry, 55 (8) S1: 137-8S.

Jaeger, J., Berns, S.M., Iannuzzo, R., Conway, S., Uzelac, S., DeRosse, P., Bates, J., Gomes, C.,  Yecker, S.(2004): Deficits in Neurocognitive Functioning in Bipolar Disorder Persist in Euthymia [Abstract]. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 10 (S1): 179.

Jaeger, J., Tatsuoka, C., Berns, S.M., Uzelac, S. (2004): Posets: A New Approach to Analyzing Neuropsychological Data in Large Samples [Abstract]. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 10 (S1): 101-102.

Berns, S.M., Jaeger, J., Gomes, C., Uzelac, S., Musso, G., Loftus, S., Abdelmessih, S. (2004): Comparison of Bipolar and Schizophrenia Inpatients on Neurocognitive Deficits [Abstract]. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 10 (S1): 146.

J. Jaeger, S.M. Berns, S. Gershon, R. Iannuzzo, C. Gomes, MS, S. Abdelmessih, and S. Uzelac (2004). Assessing functional disability in Bipolar Disorder: Methodological Considerations and Use of the MSIF [Abstract]. Bipolar Disorders, 6 (S1): 30.
Baumeister AA, Hawkins MF, Uzelac SM. (2003). The myth of reserpine-induced depression: role in the historical development of the monoamine hypothesis. Journal of the History of Neuroscience, 12 (2), 207-20.

Jaeger, J., Berns, S.M., Uzelac, S. (2003). Pre-morbid adjustment in bipolar disorder: comparison with schizophrenia [Abstract]. Bipolar Disorders, 5 (1): 56.

Hawkins MF, Uzelac SM, Baumeister AA, Hearn JK, Broussard JI, Guillot TS (2002). Behavioral responses to stress following central and peripheral injection of the 5-HT(2) agonist DOI. Pharmacology Biochemistry & Behavior, 73 (3), 537-44.

Hawkins MF, Baumeister AA, Larue RH, Uzelac SM, Fountain LT, Hindelang AC. (2000). Manipulation of central GABAergic and dopaminergic systems alters stress responding in the rat. Pharmacology Biochemistry & Behavior, 66 (3), 667-70.

Sarah Uzelac