Faculty for 2016-2017

Tim Loboschefski

Chair of the Psychology Department

P | 434-381-6225
E | tlobo@sbc.edu

Psychology Department
Sweet Briar College
Sweet Briar, VA 24595


Dan Gottlieb

Associate Professor of Psychology

P | 434-381-6442
E | dgottlieb@sbc.edu
O | Guion Science Center | Lower Level, A06

B.S., Psychology | Yale University
Ph.D., Psychology | University of Pennsylvania

Professor Gottlieb is a learning theorist with a primary interest in how organisms understand and deal with uncertainty. His current research interests relate to the timing of rewards and how uncertainty in reward timing can help explain why both social media and addictive drugs are so irresistible. Since coming to Sweet Briar in 2006, Professor Gottlieb has taught a variety of courses relating to animal learning, drug addiction, neuroscience, cognitive psychology and experimental methods. He has also devoted attention to interpreting trends in higher education, improving program and institutional assessment and, most recently, to understanding the recent and sharp rise in opiate-related deaths in the United States. Students who spent time in Professor Gottlieb’s lab have gone on to graduate study in areas including neuroscience, cognitive psychology, animal behavior and industrial/organizational psychology.


Tim Loboschefski

Professor of Psychology

P | 434-381-6225
E | tlobo@sbc.edu
O | Guion Science Center | Lower Level, A04

B.A., Psychology | University of Toledo
M.A., Developmental Psychology | University of Toledo
Ph.D., Developmental Psychology | University of Toledo

Professor Loboschefski trained as a developmental psychologist with an emphasis on cognition across the lifespan. His current research interests are focused on the changing nature of identity within the millennial generation, and how this changing identity affects reasoning about legal, moral and social justice issues. His earlier research focused on searching for a biomedical diagnostic test for Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. In addition, Loboschefski has worked with Sweet Briar’s “Science by Inquiry” program for more than a decade. His peer-reviewed work has been published in Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback and Current Pediatric Reviews, and he has received research grants from The Thomas F. Jeffress and Kate Miller Jeffress Memorial Trust and the Commonwealth Health Research Board of Virginia, as well as community grants for the PACE (Promoting Academic and Community Engagement) program from the Jessie Ball duPont Fund.

When not out terrorizing the Sweet Briar community in his T. rex costume, Professor Loboschefski and his sidekick Otto can be found barking at deer in the yard, making sushi, or badly playing the guitar.


Jessica Salvatore

Assistant Professor of Psychology

P | 434-381-6129
E | jsalvatore@sbc.edu
O | Guion Science Center | Lower Level, A08

B.A., Psychology | Swarthmore College
M.A., Psychology | Princeton University
Ph.D., Psychology | Princeton University

Professor Salvatore trained as an experimental social psychologist. She studies difference and perceived difference — both between groups (e.g., stigma management) and within groups (e.g., conformity). She regularly teaches courses related to social psychology and is co-authoring a book on social justice. She has published peer-reviewed research and commentary in Psychological Science, Sex Roles, Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy, and other journals. She is a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology and the British Journal of Social Psychology, and serves on the governing council of Division 9 of the American Psychological Association.