Dr. Baranowsky is an experimental psychologist with a focus on health. Her primary research interests are forgiveness, rumination, spirituality, and stress. She teaches Health Psychology, Physiological Psychology, Introduction to Psychology as a Natural Science, and Learning and Cognition, all of which have 3-hour weekly labs. Students dissect sheep brains, do an EEG, practice biofeedback, train rats to run a maze, as well as participate in some of the most ground-breaking cognitive experiments that have occurred in psychology in the past 20 years. In addition, Dr. Baranowsky is the Director of the Transitions I Program and teaches Ghosts, Psychics, and Astrology: The Unsinkable Rubber Ducks. This is a general education course for freshmen that prepares them for upper-level courses by providing instruction in critical thinking, oral and written communication, ethical reasoning, and quantitative literacy.
Dr. Baranowsky has recently presented a research project on men’s expectations of the patient-physician relationship, the relationship among blood pressure, salivary cortisol, and salivary IgA, and forgiveness and health in women.
Recent research that Dr. Baranowsky has directed with students includes: Religious coping in cancer patients, The effect of stress on blood pressure, heart rate, and decision making, using a gambling task, The effects of drama therapy on anxiety and perceived stress.
Dr. Baranowsky is planning on continuing her research on rumination and health, as well as elaborating on her project on men’s experiences of the patient-physician relationship.
- B.S. Pennsylvania State University Harrisburg,
- M.A. and Ph.D. University of Tennessee, Knoxville