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Marissa Harrison

Associate Professor of Psychology, Penn State

Marissa A. Harrison received her Ph.D. in biological (experimental) psychology with an emphasis on evolutionary psychology from the University at Albany, SUNY, in 2006. She has additional qualifications in social psychology and behavioral neuroendocrinology.

Dr. Harrison's research has made for an interesting journey, including being a visiting scholar in comparative behavioral biology at the University of Southwestern Louisiana Primate Research Center in New Iberia, LA, where she and her colleagues studied contagious yawning in chimpanzees. She has also collaborated on research with colleagues and students here at Penn State Harrisburg, as well as at Albright College, Penn State Hershey College of Medicine, Georgia State University, and her Alma Mater, University at Albany.

Prior to becoming psychology faculty at Penn State Harrisburg, Dr. Harrison taught various psychology classes at Borough of Manhattan Community College (CUNY), University at Albany (NY), Schenectady County Community College (NY), Sacred Heart University (CT), Westminster Choir College of Rider University (NJ), and The College of New Jersey.


  • –present
    Associate Professor of Psychology , Pennsylvania State University