Dr. McNaughton-Cassill received her
Ph.D. in 1991 from the
University of California, San Diego- San Diego State University Joint Doctoral
Program in Clinical Psychology, with an emphasis on Behavioral Medicine. Her
research involved Psychological and Psychoimmunological
explorations of stress responses among elderly Alzheimerís Disease
Caregivers. She also holds a
Masterís Degree in Psychology from the University of California, Santa
Barbara, Psychology with an
emphasis on Physiological Psychology, where her research involved the study of
glucocorticoid responses to stress in rats.
She is currently an Associate Professor and the Associate Dean of
Undergraduate Affairs for the College of Liberal and Fine Arts.
Dr. McNaughton-Cassill started teaching Psychology since 1984 as a
Community College Instructor and an Adjunct Professor, and
currently teaches Theories of Learning, Psychology and Health, Abnormal
Psychology and Stress Management, Physiological Psychology, and team teaches
an Honorí Course on the Science and Psychology of Everyday Live. She
also works with undergraduate and graduate students as a research mentor, and is
the advisor for the Student Psychological Association and the Mortar Board
She has worked as a Clinical Psychologist with College Student
Populations, with an Outpatient Schizophrenia Program and on
a Spinal Cord Injury Unit, and with Nursing Home Populations.
She has also led stress
management groups and conducted research on the stress coupleís
experience when undergoing In Vitro Fertilization treatment for Infertility.
Her current research interests include the evaluation of the interaction
of stress including the news media
and the technological characteristics of modern life with cognitive and
personality factors to impact
mental and physical health. She is also looking at the psychological impact of high stakes standardized testing on elementary
school children and their families.
She has received research funding from the Minority Biomedical Support program
through NIH, M-RISP,
and at UTSA.