Title: Associate Professor of Psychology
Applied Psychology Concentration
Psychology & Community Studies Program
“I’ve always been interested in what we can do to improve people’s lives. I’m interested in how to improve human relations within our physical, biological, social, occupational and technological environments. Unlike many people’s image of a psychologist, I am not trained to ‘psychoanalyze. Instead, my quest is to apply psychological theory to real world problems for groups and individuals, and this is exactly what my students get to experience with their research projects for various community agencies." Lois-Ann Kuntz
Dr. Kuntz joined the UMM faculty 10 years ago bringing an expertise on applied psychology which she has incorporated into her teaching. Students in her classes work on projects with real world relevance by applying theory to various situations in some cases with community partners. These activities prepare students for both graduate school and immediate employment as problem solving skills, critical thinking, and collaboration are vital to be successful in either realm.
Dr. Kuntz stays involved with the rich Washington County community to gain and share experience which ultimately benefits her students. The research programs Lois-Ann maintains involve teaching methods, evaluation, and undergraduate research. As part of student service learning/community engagement projects with undergraduate classes, she has initiated and supervised formative and summative evaluations research for UMM, Community Partners, and Colleagues such as a 6-year educational foundation Melmac grant; Washington County Children’s Program related to measuring program objectives as well as a needs assessment resulting in an autism grant; the Maine Office of Substance Abuse related to improving campus-wide curriculum for college students across the state; a Maine GIS Education Consortium assisting with assessment; and most recently with the Psychology & Community Studies Program Review.
Courses Regularly Taught:
- PSY102 Personal Growth
- PSY 110 Introduction to Psychology
- PSY 214 Psychology of Prejudice
- PSY 320 Learning and Memory
- PSY 322 Physiological Psychology
- PSY 330 Perception and Cognition
- SSC320 Research Methods & Design
- Lois-Ann’s CV