Sarah Nosek Assistant Professor of Psychology

Sarah Nosek

PhD, Social/Health Psychology Stony Brook University
MA, Social/Health Psychology Stony Brook University
B.S., English Literature and Psychology State University of New York at Brockport

Areas of Expertise:

Applied Social Psychology, Attributions/Perceptions of Individuals with Cancer, Improving the Teaching of Psychology in the College Classroom

Classes I Teach:

  • General Psychology
  • Research Methods
  • Social Psychology
  • Upper Level Courses in Social Psychology


My current research examines the influence that metaphors in the media (e.g., “battle” or “journey”) may have on perceptions of individuals with cancer. My other major area of research is related to the teaching of psychology, including evaluating the successes and challenges of incorporating laboratory learning, arts-based lesson plans, and interdisciplinary events and activities into the college classroom.

Awards and Recognitions

New England Psychological Association (NEPA) Steering Committee Member
2019 Faculty/Staff Advisor of the Year, Southern Vermont College
2017 Robert Consalvo Faculty Appreciation Award, Southern Vermont College
2014 Student Government Association Faculty Member of the Year, Southern Vermont College, 2012

Recent News

Sarah Nosek of the psychology faculty (photo at right) and Kaitlyn Root ’22 have published a paper in the journal, Medical Humanities, entitled Understanding how college students characterize and cope with chronic pain: A thematic analysis of expressive writing samples ( Kaitlyn, now a graduate student in the Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology Program and a Resident Director at Saint Michael’s College, collaborated with Sarah on this research as an undergraduate while completing the Psychology program’s PS 406/408 Senior Research Capstone option.
(posted February 2023)

Sarah Nosek joined the Saint Michael’s faculty as visiting assistant professor of psychology on August 19, 2019.  Her first faculty position was as a visiting assistant professor of psychology at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, MA from 2008 to 2010. Most recently Sarah was an associate professor of psychology at Southern Vermont College in Bennington VT from 2010 to its closing in May 2019.  Her main research involves the investigation of factors that influence perceptions of individuals with cancer.
(posted February 2020)